The environment at Fritz
As a future-oriented logistics company and in the interest of coming generations, we are posed with the challenge of intelligently combining ecological and economic necessities. Therefore, we preserve the opportunities and agency of our descendants through our responsible actions.
The Fritz Group is aware of its responsibility for mankind and the environment. The protections of the environment, the safety of our employees as well as the prevention of accidents are therefore important components of our company policy.
Guidelines for environmentally responsible behaviour are:
- Environmental responsibility as an entrepreneurial maxim
- The continuous reduction of operative influences on the environment
- Maintaining an environment management system
- Constant improvement
- Raising the environmental awareness of the employees
To us, ”Green Logistics" means the holistic transformation of logistics strategies, structures, processes and systems within the Fritz Group itself as well as in our company networks in order to create environmentally compatible and resource-efficient logistics processes.
Our Green Logistics target system strives for the creation of a sustainable company value through balancing economic and ecological efficiency. Our primary environmental objectives serve the reduction of energy consumption, resource conservation, waste management and the observation of greenhouse gases and the targeted reduction of these over the years. This requires overseeing and improving strategic measures in order to achieve the goals of our company policy. Our environmental objectives are outlined below. In addition to waste reduction, the saving of electricity, water and fuel consumption as well as – separately – the reduction of gas and heating oil consumption, heat preservation, the environmental awareness of employees and cooperation conditions for suppliers are listed. The environmental objectives are displayed in categories and specific measures are suggested as guidelines.
On this basis, a specific ecological sector, for example waste disposal, can be picked up and modified by a logistics company in a tiered procedure.
Involvement in the certification of DIN EN 16258-2013-03 (valid since March 2013)
The Fritz Group is partner of the LCL cooperation CargoLine Logistics Network – which was the first LCL cooperation to score the “environment protection hat-trick” – CargoLine is certified in accordance to DIN EN ISO 9001 including HACCP concept and logistical services as well as according to DIN EN ISO 14001, ISO 14064 (CO2 footprint in the network) and DIN EN 16258 (CO2 footprint per shipment).
We are involved in the certification in the sector “calculation of the CO2 footprint per shipment" on the basis of the norm DIN EN 16258-2013-03, published in March 2013.
This officially confirms that the method used by the LCL cooperation in order to calculate the shipment-specific CO2 footprint accords to the Europe-wide valid standard, which was developed specifically for the logistics sector. The norm dictates that all greenhouse gases have to be measured and converted into carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). Thereby, the calculation also, for example, includes methane, nitric oxides and fluorinated hydrocarbon, in addition to carbon dioxide.
The calculation of the shipment-specific CO2 footprint of our shipments within the cooperation is based exclusively on real data. These were gathered in the course of an intricate process in 2012 and 2013. The analysis was conducted in accordance with the intersectoral standards ISO 14064 (Network Carbon Footprint) and Greenhouse Gas Protocol, as the certification company Intertek confirmed in January 2013.
In 2013 we again measured the Network CO2 Footprint within the cooperation in order to document the changes compared to 2012 as well as to devise sensible climate protection objectives and measures for 2014. These include route, vehicle and building optimisation as well as driver trainings and analysing the use of alternative fuels and engines in long distance transport.
Our trainee environment project
In order to instill an understanding of ecological relationships in even our youngest employees, we have asked our trainees to come up with a feasible environmental project. Together with their project supervisors (long term employees of the Fritz Group) this sprouted the project idea “Fritz GREENhorns”.
A “miniature nature reserve” for rare bushes, trees and plants was created on a designated area. In particular, bushes that offer food, protection and nesting possibilities to birds were planted. Additionally, nesting boxes and nesting aids were set up. A pond and a correspondingly large bird bath were installed as well. Furthermore, an artificial nesting and hibernation aid for insects were acquired, a so-called insect hotel. One part of the area is closed off by a wall consisting of sandstone. Here, mosses, ferns and flowering plants find a home and helpful animals such as lizards and spiders can take in a sunbath on the wall and spin their nets into the brickwork. This project is accompanied by members (employees of the Fritz Group) of the local nature conservation organisation NABU. The fundamental idea and the goal are to create a sustainable, dynamic and long term protective area for plants and animals, in which humans interfere as little as possible, but are welcome as onlookers.
We are relying on responsible entrepreneurial actions for the future as well.
The continuous sustainability which grows exponentially over time can be observed, analysed and improved over the years. To us, ”Green Logistics" means the holistic transformation of logistics strategies, structures, processes and systems within the Fritz Group itself as well as in our company networks in order to create environmentally compatible and resource-efficient logistics processes. Our Green Logistics target system strives for the creation of a sustainable company value through balancing economic and ecological efficiency.