Gebrüder Weiss has set the goal of gradually reducing the company’s carbon footprint to zero with its sustainability strategy GWcares, aiming to make its logistics facilities climate-neutral by 2030.
The company has quantified the current CO₂ emissions and energy consumption of all its 180 locations in its current sustainability report, and the forwarder’s plan is to reduce them annually by 10 percent.
In its sustainability report, the company outlined important measures to be taken in the quest for climate neutrality. It also traced ways in which modern logistics facilities can harness the available technologies for saving energy and reducing dependence on limited resources.
Gebruder Weiss has installed photovoltaic (PV) systems across its facilities that can generate more than 4,600 megawatt hours of electricity per year for the forwarder, or 18 percent of the group’s electricity needs. It aims to increase this share by 15 percent each year by further increasing the number of PV installations, which currently stands at 18.
The forwarder also said it plans to invest around 10 million euros in alternative drive systems by 2025. In the Greater Vienna metropolitan area, Gebrüder Weiss has deployed an electric truck for short-distance transport, with electric vans taking over the last mile. It has also started operating hydrogen (H2) trucks in Switzerland since January 2021, and there are plans to deploy five more H2 trucks in Germany in 2023.