The “transport and logistics” sector accounts for 23% of global CO2 emissions. 75% of this amount comes from the transport area and up to 25% from intralogistics. Nearly 50% of that figure is made up of conveyor, storage and order picking technology.
Technological advances as a competitive factor
Approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions concentrate essentially
on three points:
Technological approaches: optimisation of existing technologies and introduction of new ones in charging systems, energy storage and drive systems.
Operative approaches: energy-efficient traction and lift, training to work consumption-consciously.
Organisational approaches: Reduce route distance and frequency through truck control systems that optimise operation.
CO2 down 25% in the last ten years
The technological approach is already successfully today: For example, we have reduced our CO2 emissions in the last ten years alone by over 25% in the conventional truck segments. TÜV-Nord has analysed our product life-cycle assessment and certified it in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14040.
The overall picture is the decisive factor
However, individual measures alone are not sufficient to achieve the desired result. The system as a whole is the determining factor. Evaluating drive technologies in terms of their CO2 emissions therefore requires a complete uniform, standardised method of consideration and analysis.
The “well-to-wheel” method ensures just that. It considers all energy expended, from extraction of raw materials to conversion into kinetic energy. The conclusion is clear: an electric drive with lithium-ion technology for energy storage offers by far the best CO2 footprint compared to all other drive systems today.