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Conservation of resources and emissions avoidance as strategy

The conservation of natural resources is a topic that the Schnellecke Group focuses on intensively. Through various measures we strive to reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts and to increase the use of renewable energies within the set limits.

As well as increased outsourcing of peripheral services in the industry, the international division of labor has led to a rapid growth of logistics processes and therefore also traffic flows. The result is an increase in emissions. That is why logistics has a special responsibility when it comes to protecting the environment and natural resources.

Environmental and energy targets are defined within our corporate strategy. We proactively go beyond the legal requirements through voluntary measures in order to continuously improve environmental protection and energy efficiency within the company. This way, all environmentally relevant aspects of business operations are taken into consideration at Schnellecke, for example:

  • controlled and uncontrolled emissions into the atmosphere
  • controlled and uncontrolled water contaminations
  • waste accumulation and management
  • analysis of raw, auxiliary, and operating materials
  • handling of environmentally-relevant materials
  • soil contamination
  • consumption of land, water, and energy in all forms
  • noise, dust, vibrations, and optical effects on the environment


We document the results of our efforts annually in a Sustainability Report, which you can download here.

Environmental management system

Currently, nine Schnellecke Group company sites globally and the corporate headquarters in Wolfsburg are certified according to ISO 14001.

Our environmental management system is a component of the Schnellecke Group’s Integrated Management System (IMS). The scopes of application and central requirements for all companies and employees of the Group are bindingly specified and regulated in our IMS handbook. Environmental goals are supplemented at the sites by local targets and programs.

Environmentally relevant aspects are determined at the earliest level possible within Project Management, and potential risks are assessed.

The environmental protection measures of the Schnellecke Group include, among others, the following:

  • Use of Trimble, a transport and vehicle fleet management system for the optimal organization and design of transport handling as well as the analyses of driving styles and resources.
  • Driving training courses
  • Changeover of our vehicle fleet to modern, low-consumption and low-emission engine technology
  • Forklifts with hydrogen propulsion (fuel cells)
  • Electric forklifts, forklifts with diesel/hybrid drive
  • Latest generation forklift fast-charging stations
  • Separation of commercial waste
  • Use of commercial waste compactors
  • Photovoltaic systems on the roofs of our buildings

Energy Management System

A strategic goal of the Schnellecke Group is the systematic recording and analysis of energy use in all companies of the Group. For this we record the type of energy (for example electricity, natural gas, oil, district heat, etc.) at all company sites and analyze them in regard to the operational energy use. Energy performance indicators are defined in order to determine energy saving potentials. Measures are assigned to these identified energy saving potentials and implemented at every site in order to minimize energy use.

The KWD production sites in Radeberg and Wolfsburg are certified according to ISO 50001 (Energy Management).

Energy audits according to the requirements of DIN EN 16247 (EDL-G) were carried out at all German sites of the Schnellecke Group that are not SMEs. Appropriate measures in compliance with the respective domestic legislation have been implemented at the EU company sites of the Schnellecke Group.

Our vehicle fleet: environmental protection through innovation

Schnellecke has been a pioneer in the technical and ecological conversion of its vehicle fleet for many years. We have purchased around 250 vehicles in recent years. When purchasing vehicles we place particular emphasis on environmentally-friendly engines, comfort features in the drivers’ cabins, and the standard installation of a telematics system. Furthermore, all new vehicles have driver assistance and safety systems, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping and emergency braking assistants.

We have been able to lower the average fuel consumption by three liters per 100 kilometers by equipping the vehicles with spoiler systems in connection with a uniform assessment of driving behavior and through regular training courses.

The vehicles for local and just-in-time transports have also been uniformly configured and equipped. Diesel-LPG hybrid vehicles and semi-trailer tractor units with natural gas engines have been in use for some years now.

You can find out more about the topic of electromobility in Just-in-Time Logistics here .

Sustainability Report 2018

The Schnellecke Group Sustainability Reports are containing numerous details about the sustainability policies of our company.

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Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2018

Social Issues

The employees play an important role in logistics in general and at Schnellecke in particular.

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Trucks electrified

Electromobility and autonomous driving – Schnellecke is participating in the eJIT research project investigating the practical application of these technologies.

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Corporate Citizenship

Schnellecke’s plant management and employees are regularly involved in the social environment and contribute to making the community worth living in.

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