Dräxlmaier, an international auto parts supplier, places great emphasis on minimising the environmental impact of their transports.
And to help with these reductions, they use DSV’s monthly carbon reports to identify where and how to transport products, and how to implement additional sustainability measures.
The carbon reports have grown increasingly detailed to allow Dräxlmaier to get a clear overview of carbon emissions per mode of transport, enabling them to be proactive with new projects.
This degree of detail, which includes a specification of equipment, kilometres driven and weight for each individual transport, is currently not required in the market, but is already a well-established practice for Dräxlmaier.
“We want to get a detailed overview of our carbon emissions for each individual shipment. These reports then inform our decisions on which routes to use," says Daniel Bracht, who is responsible for global transport logistics at Dräxlmaier. "I could easily imagine this becoming a requirement in the near future, and at Dräxlmaier we want to be prepared for this.”
Alternative modes of transport
The reports state not only the total carbon emissions from the transports but also provide key indicators that show exactly how many goods DSV is transporting per emitted carbon unit.
If there is a chance to increase the effort without compromising the quality of delivery, DSV meets with Dräxlmaier to develop solutions with a lower environmental impact. For example, using trains instead of trucks or a combination of sea and air. It takes a bit longer but reduces both cost and environmental impact.
“Mapping and comparing carbon emissions over a period of time gives us a basis on which to make various adjustments, such as increasing the volume of goods per pallet, consolidating the goods on fewer vehicles, etc. This in turn improves efficiency. This will typically lead to measures that DSV can implement to improve efficiency and reduce the environmental footprint”
Thomas Susé, Group CSR Senior Manager, DSV
Continued demand for high-quality service
An example of a transport assignment that DSV changed together with Dräxlmaier is the transport of containers from the Port of Bangkok to an inland factory. They were previously transported on regular trucks, however, since September 2013, DSV has been able to deliver all of them on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) trucks, greatly reducing carbon emissions.
Dräxlmaier also uses DSV to provide additional Asian airfreight routes. The current collaboration ranges from airfreight between Germany, the US, Thailand, Malaysia and China, with additional road transport in Thailand. We also supply logistics from a number of European countries to factories in Germany.
With 50,000 employees all over the world, the Dräxlmaier Group is one of the largest family-owned companies in Germany and also one of the world’s leading automotive industry suppliers. For more than five decades, the Dräxlmaier group has been focusing on developing and producing exclusive interiors and electrical and electronic components and systems for luxury cars.