CHEP Benelux receives 3rd Lean & Green Star for remarkable sustainable transport

41,7% less CO2 emissions in 10 years' time

Mechelen, May 31, 2018 - CHEP Benelux, supplier of logistical packaging for the supply chain, was awarded a third Lean & Green Star today. The company received this for its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from its transports. It is the very first time that a third star has been awarded by Connekt, the independent network for smart, sustainable and social mobility in the Netherlands to 6 leaders in sustainability. In 10 years' time, CHEP can put forward impressive figures: by using a smarter method and using its scale, the company was able to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 41.7%.

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CHEP Benelux receives the 3rd Lean & Green Star

Sustainable mobility starts with exact data insight
The Lean & Green program from Connekt encourages organizations to make mobility and logistics in the Netherlands more sustainable. This way they contribute to the big logistic: by 2050, a factor 6 productivity improvements is needed to comply with the climate agreements made in Paris. Known for its typical blue pallets and containers for the transport of goods, CHEP continues to integrate corporate social responsibility even further in its business model, as the company has been one of the 25 leaders in sustainable mobility in the Netherlands for many years. "In order to really work more sustainably, it is important that you have an accurate insight into your data," says Yoni Van der Veken, Country General Manager at CHEP Benelux.

Less empty space due to improved collection and loading
This way of working clearly paid off. Based on an in-depth analysis at the beginning of 2016, it was clear that CHEP could improve the collection of empty pallets and containers even more. A more proactive way of planning, clustering of collection by postal code group and working with a fixed transporter per zone led to a more accurate follow-up of the loadings of the trucks.

Active collaboration with transporters pays off
At the same time, the transporters themselves were also encouraged to load their trucks more efficiently. The performance was monitored on the basis of scorecards per location. And the result were discussed by the parties involved. For example, the scorecards created a greater awareness of the load factor of each truck. "An approach that works," says Van der Veken. "Drivers feel more responsible and encouraged to load even better. The accuracy of the pick-up orders rose from 88.8% in 2016 to 90.8% in 2017. "As a result, fewer trucks have since been used to collect the same volume. At one pick-up location this even resulted in a saving of one and a half truck per week, which has a significant, direct impact on CO2 emissions.

"We are very pleased that we receive this recognition. But more importantly, we hope that we can also encourage other companies to make the necessary efforts to make them more sustainable"

Yoni Van der Veken Country General Manager, CHEP Benelux

Recognition as an incentive to become more sustainable
Thanks to its way of working, CHEP saved no less than 1,.578 tons of CO2 in ten years' time. The efforts of the past years are now rewarded with a third Lean & Green Star, a unique honour. "We are very pleased that we receive this recognition. But more importantly, we hope that we can also encourage other companies to make the necessary efforts to make them more sustainable ", concludes Van der Veken.

The future of CHEP is getting even greener
Obtaining the third star does not mean an endpoint for CHEP. The company is already fully engaged in a number of new initiatives. "We aim to open additional service centers at a number of strategic locations so that we can further limit the number of unnecessary kilometers. Another important initiative is the choice to set up transport collaborations with customers, retailers and transporters. We are well placed to identify potential collaborations. In this way we optimize not only our supply chain but also that of our customers, "says Van der Veken. "This is entirely in line with our ambition to make supply chains leaner and greener."

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