- The concentration of logistics activities enables efficient market supply
- Global expansion of charging infrastructure for electric and hybrid vehicles at Schaeffler locations enables climate-friendly employee mobility
Shorter routes and better utilization
During the reporting period, supply and traffic flows were further optimized in order to improve their energy and CO2 footprint. Meaningful key figures are important for the targeted reduction of CO2 emissions in logistics. That is why Schaeffler is working on collecting data on Scope 3 emissions across the Group in the future. In addition to freight transports, this includes business trips and access routes.
Automated transport management
The Schaeffler Group is working on introducing a group-wide transport management system (TMS) that collects transport orders and forwards them seamlessly and securely to the involved parties. The TMS facilitates freight bundling, improves the utilization of the means of transportation used, and thereby saves energy and CO2 emissions. At the same time, the regional transport management organizations are continuously examining the current transport network for ways of optimizing capacity on individual routes and improving the existing network through route changes.
New distribution centers reduce emissions in the supply chain
The Schaeffler Group has steadily consolidated its logistics in recent years, including the reporting year. The EDC1) location in Kitzingen was opened in 2018 as part of the new distribution network for industrial products in Europe and was put into full operation in July 2019 with the product ramp-up. The investments made make the industry supply chain faster and more energy and cost efficient. In the Automotive Aftermarket division, another central European logistics center (“Aftermarket Kitting Operations”) will be built by the second quarter of 2020.
Employee mobility electrified
Schaeffler wants to further reduce the emissions linked to employee and business travel. Like in Germany, hybrid and electric vehicles are now available as company cars in Europe and the other Schaeffler regions. With its company car guidelines, Schaeffler is promoting the use of vehicles with low CO2 emissions, especially electrified vehicles, on its own initiative in addition to the existing governmental subsidy programs. Following the revision of the Framework Directive for Schaeffler’s European Company Car Guidelines in 2018, further nine national company car guidelines were released for electric cars and hybrids in 2019. Another three are under revision and will be released soon.
Schaeffler is consistently expanding its charging infrastructure for electric and hybrid vehicles worldwide. By the end of 2019, 143 charging stations were available at 28 sites. In the first half of 2019, charging stations for employees were also opened at the Bühl and Hagenau sites.
1) European distribution center