Ziegler’s commitment to driving down Co2 emissions
8 June 2023

Ziegler’s commitment to driving down Co2 emissions

In today’s world, environmental sustainability has become a top priority for industries across the globe. From the emergence of the industrial revolution in the 18th century to the domination of fossil fuels, our planet now finds itself in a delicate state. The freight transport and logistics industry, in particular has recognised the urgent need to reduce its carbon footprint and mitigate the impact of climate change. Companies like Ziegler have taken significant strides in this direction by implementing innovative measures to monitor and record CO2 emissions on every shipment. 

Back in 1908, when Ziegler was founded, the world of transportation was starkly different. As a business operating through 3 family generations, we have been part of a pioneering evolution of transportation and have had to respond ourselves through developing technologies to maintain a foothold within the industry, maintaining efficient means of transportation. From horse and carriage, to diesel trucks and looking ahead to our gradual transition to electric and autonomous vehicles. Focus is no longer just about speed and cost but also how we can collectively contribute towards helping the planet.

Here, we explore the measures we are taking to make a positive difference and set new standards in the industry.


Environmental Awareness and Responsibility

With Ziegler a leading player in the freight transport and logistics industry, we understand our responsibility towards the environment and are committed to sustainable practices. By recording CO2 emissions on every shipment, we demonstrate a high level of environmental awareness and accountability. This approach not only showcases our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint but also encourages other stakeholders in the industry to adopt similar measures.


Accurate Measurement of Carbon Footprint

Recording CO2 emissions enables us to accurately measure our carbon footprint. We utilise our advanced technology and tracking TMS systems, Seabird and Cargoswift to monitor the emissions associated with each transportation process. By capturing data related to fuel consumption, distance travelled and mode of transport, we can calculate the carbon emissions produced during the shipment’s journey. This meticulous approach provides a comprehensive overview of the company’s environmental impact and serves as a baseline for future emission reduction strategies.


Identifying Emission Hotspots and Optimization Opportunities

This initiative allows us to gather valuable insights into emission hotspots and areas where optimisation is possible. Analysing the data allows the company to identify specific routes, transport modes, or operational practices that contribute significantly to its carbon footprint. Armed with this information, we can implement targeted initiatives to optimise our logistics operations, reduce emissions, and enhance overall efficiency. This approach not only benefits the environment but also leads to potential cost savings and improved customer satisfaction.


Setting Green Targets and Monitoring Progress

By setting clear green targets and monitoring progress towards achieving them, opportunities open up to establish ambitious goals for emission reduction and the implementation of strategies to meet these targets over time. By continuously monitoring and analysing emission data, we can assess the effectiveness of our initiatives and make informed adjustments when necessary. This proactive approach ensures that we remain on track in our commitment to environmental sustainability and hold ourselves accountable for our actions.


Transparency and Collaboration with Stakeholders

Our practice of recording CO2 emissions on every shipment promotes transparency and collaboration with company stakeholders. Customers, suppliers, and partners can gain insight into the environmental impact associated with their logistics operations. This transparency not only fosters trust and loyalty but also enables collaborative efforts to further reduce emissions. We can work closely with our clients to explore greener transportation options, implement joint carbon reduction initiatives, and drive positive change throughout the supply chain.


Compliance with Regulations and Certifications

The freight transport and logistics industry is subject to an increasing number of regulations and certifications related to environmental sustainability. The recording of this data ensures compliance with these evolving standards. We can accurately report our emissions data, making it easier to comply with regulatory requirements and achieve industry certifications such as ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System). Our commitment to transparency and environmental responsibility positions Ziegler as a future front-runner in the industry and enhances our credibility among environmentally conscious customers and partners.


Some of our pilot projects already in practice or under consideration

  • Cargobikes
  • Autonomous EVs
  • Eco driving courses for all freight drivers
  • Recycling waste
  • Implementing urban beekeeping
  • Heat pumps
  • Solar panel installation at all Ziegler branches (as a long term plan)
  • Charging points for all company EVs
  • LEDs and energy saving sensors installation in warehouses/offices
  • Modal shifting (i.e. air to sea or rail to inland waterway)
  • Calculating CO2 emissions from Ziegler sites


What are the long term sustainability targets for Ziegler?

Ziegler are targeting the evaluation of a sustainability strategy in Q3/Q4, 2023. This framework will include a blue print, roadmap and plan of action to guide future integration. We are also looking to refine CO2 measurements as the complexities of our measurement systems continue to evolve. Sustainability for Ziegler is much more than a box ticking exercise; it is a business differentiation. We have introduced dedicated sustainability managers to streamline all of our efforts and oversee projects on both national and corporate levels. Overall, we aim to have our sustainability goals integrated into Ziegler’s Business Strategy by the end of 2023, providing structure and vision to our activities in the coming years.