Achieved 60% reduction in CO2 emissions through integrating nine European warehouses into one central distribution center
Culemborg, the Netherlands, 2 July, 2013 – CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain companies, and Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of marine and power plant solutions and services, have been recognized for successfully reducing CO2 emissions by 60% at Wärtsilä’s warehousing operation in Kampen.
The two companies have been jointly named as winners of the Lean & Green Star Award 2013, a program aimed at encouraging businesses and government bodies to move to a higher level of sustainability by taking measures that not only yield cost savings, but at the same time reduce the burden on the environment.
One of the key factors in achieving the emission reductions was the integration of nine local warehouses into one strategically favorable location in Kampen, the Netherlands, delivering CO2 reductions across a number of areas, such as road mileage, lighting and heating. The central distribution center is the hub of Wärtsilä Global Logistics Services and covers the entire material flow from order confirmation until the final point of delivery at the customer’s doorstep.
“We are continuously focusing on improving environmental performance within our operations, and naturally this is something we also expect from our partners. We are, therefore, very pleased to receive this award together with CEVA,” says Christian Rönnholm, Director, Global Parts Management, Wärtsilä Services.
“CEVA is very pleased with the recognition for our corporate sustainability and responsibility approach,” says Pierre Girardin, Executive Vice President for CEVA in the Benelux. “This award is a further encouragement for CEVA to carry out our logistics activities in a sustainable manner. We want to be admired for our responsible working methods which are based on respect for the environment we live in. Our commitment to sustainability helps us reduce waste and share the benefits with our customers. It permeates the way we do business, driving us to innovate and be creative in everything from warehousing operations to transportation, from solution design to procurement policy. It benefits our customers, our communities, our people and our planet. It is ethically right and commercially smart.”
The award program is sponsored and presented by Connekt, a Dutch agency which, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, has created the Connekt Sustainable Logistics program. Under this program, companies who are actively dedicated to making their logistics processes more sustainable are recognized at the annual awards. In 2008 CEVA won one of the first Lean & Green Awards for its best practice example of a CO2 friendly supply chain redesign for Wärtsilä.
For further information please contact:
Marie-Claire van Mourik, CEVA
+31 345 545347
Tuula Franck, Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 400 267 555
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CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, designs and implements industry leading solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies. Approximately 50,000 employees in more than 160 countries are dedicated to delivering effective and robust supply chain solutions across a variety of sectors where CEVA applies its operational expertise to provide best-in-class services across its integrated network. For more information, please visit www.cevalogistics.com
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2012, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately 18,900 employees. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
Read more about Wärtsilä and sustainability http://www.wartsila.com/en/sustainability/approach/sustainability
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