Environmentally friendly logistics

Europe's leading manufacturer of household appliances is shifting the majority of its national goods transportation from the roads to the railways.

By 2020, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH aims to reduce the CO₂ emissions of its goods transports by around 20 percent compared to 2006 levels. This is seen as a model project within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol and, under the title “BSH Transportation Shift Project,” has now been officially recognized as a climate protection initiative by the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt). BSH is the first company in Europe to receive CO₂ certificates for its environmentally friendly transportation and for the carbon dioxide emissions saved by switching from road to rail.

BSH has been committed to environmentally friendly logistics concepts for many years now. The aim of the innovative “BSH Transportation Shift Project” is to transfer the long-distance transportation of household appliances in Germany from the country's roads to its rail network wherever possible. In future, an even greater number of the washing machines, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and other BSH appliances both large and small will be transported by rail. “We are trying to be as environmentally friendly and conserve as many resources as possible at all stages of the value added chain – including transportation of goods,” explains Hans-Gerd Bauerfeind, who is in charge of logistics at BSH. With the Transportation Shift Project, the BSH Group is assuming a pioneering role within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol. Until now, hardly any climate protection projects have been implemented in the transportation sector or approved as a “joint-implementation project” by the German Emissions Trading Authority. The “joint implementation” mechanism defined in the Kyoto Protocol can continue in the period after 2012 due to the results of the climate summit in Durban. BSH will use the certificates to compensate for CO₂ emissions generated by other areas of the Group.

Environmental and climate protection is part of the core business at BSH. BSH engineers are always working to improve the user-friendliness and performance of household appliances, but also to reduce power and water consumption. BSH is the first manufacturer of household appliances to compile its most efficient appliances in a single Super Efficiency Portfolio and have the figures confirmed by auditors. Each year, this portfolio features only the most efficient appliances available on the market. The super-efficient appliances sold by BSH in Europe in 2010 alone are responsible for saving 1.9 billion kilowatt hours of power. The achievements made by BSH in the field of climate and environmental protection earned the company the very first German Sustainability Award back in 2008 as Germany's Most Sustainable Company. At the beginning of 2012, BSH was also recognized as a climate protection company by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and officially received into the climate protection and energy efficiency group of German businesses.

Tags: Logistics, CO2, Environmentally Friendly

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 460 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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