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Environment: a low-carbon transport and logistics solution pioneer

GEODIS is a low-carbon transport and logistics solution pioneer, and we continually strive to reduce our carbon footprint and limit polluting emissions. We also seek to optimize the use of natural resources, both in terms of transport as well as our on-site behavior. In every way, we work hard to control and reduce the environmental impact of our activities as we contribute to the fight against climate change.

 

CO2 expertise that sets the standard

GEODIS is aware of the role it plays when it comes to climate change, and we are committed to improving carbon efficiency. In 2018, as a leader in the freight and logistics sector decarbonization movement, GEODIS posted an overall goal of a 30% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030 (reference year: 2017).

Thanks to the Oxygen project that we launched in 2010, GEODIS is meeting requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Oxygen is structured around four areas of improvement, and is applied at every level of the organization, with tailored action plans for each entity and each stakeholder.

The Oxygen project’s four areas of improvement

  • MEASUREMENT: We carry out an annual global carbon inventory that includes direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3).
  • REDUCTION: We reduce GHG emissions and improve GEODIS’ carbon efficiency.
  • PARTNERSHIP: We develop partnerships with major subcontractors to reduce indirect emissions (scope 3).
  • SOLUTIONS: We support clients as we assist them in reducing their carbon footprint.
Scope 1: direct emissions from stationary or mobile sources
Scope 2: indirect emissions associated with electricity production
Scope 3: other indirect emissions

In-house environmental tools and solutions

At GEODIS, we support clients in optimizing the environmental impact of their supply chain by using our own modeling tools and integrating them into our information systems. This allows the systematic reporting of CO2 emissions generated by the services we offer our clients.

GEODIS is also developing intelligent solutions for clients that are respectful of the environment: “low-carbon” alternative transport, multi-modal solutions that combine Air, Road, Maritime, Waterway and Rail, the use of green energy vehicles (NGV and electric) vehicles, and more.

External recognition of our environmental success

In 2017, the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) gave GEODIS a “B” grade for the second consecutive year. This grade means that CDP recognizes GEODIS as a company that is implementing appropriate actions to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions – a sign of effective environmental management. Only 12% of the companies worldwide assessed by CDP achieved an equivalent rating or higher.

In 2018, EcoVadis (the collaborative platform that evaluates companies’ performance on environmental, social, ethical and responsible purchasing questions) awarded GEODIS the very good grade of 90/100 in its 2018 “Environment” theme.

This recognition provides us with an even stronger drive to do our part when it comes to today's environmental issues and our planet's environmental health.

The optimized use of natural resources

The Transport and Logistics sector is also confronted with energy efficiency and waste management issues.

GEODIS relies on the ISO 14001 standard, which includes all measures intended to reduce the consumption of electricity, gas and water at sites. In this context, GEODIS is deploying innovative solutions to improve performance at our sites such as Enlighted technology, an intelligent lighting system based on the use of LEDs.

The Group also designs and implements solutions based on circular economy principles and provides comprehensive life cycle management services for electrical and electronic products. The goal is to prolong the operating life of equipment and to get maximum value from these products. At the same time, we also promote the recycling of plastic or cardboard waste and the returning of packaging to resell it as raw materials.

The environmental programs established as part of the ISO 14001 standard also serve as a framework for the choice and maintenance of our vehicles and equipment, the monitoring of use (turning off the engine when not in motion, the use of on-board telematics, etc.), the scheduling of trips, the use of best practices, driver awareness and our fuel purchasing strategy.

A commitment to better air quality

GEODIS establishes transport solutions with the highest environmental performance in order to limit the impact of our activities on air quality and the health of the population.

In particular, this involves developing urban logistics tailored to environmental issues concentrated in city centers (pollution, noise, road traffic congestion, etc.). At GEODIS, this consists of guaranteeing our clients clean, competitive delivery by adhering to the sustainable supplying of the city, but also by participating as an innovative intra-urban last-mile operator. To this end, the Group adapts to regulatory and societal changes and offers a solution driven by three priorities:

  • The first is related to property. It has to do with having strategically placed distribution center that are near enough to high-density areas so that they minimize the number of trips and optimize the number of stops at client locations.
  • The second challenge concerns the reduction of the environmental impact of urban logistics. This is why the Group is using its approach to innovation to experiment more frequently with the use of alternative vehicles. This includes electric vehicles and those than run on compressed or liquid natural gas.
  • The third challenge consists of the exploration of new cooperation and partnership possibilities, such as developing new services within Eco-neighborhoods.

Initiated in Shanghai and Paris, this urban logistics offer is aimed at distribution in city centers around the world.

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