As a logistics bulk and bagged goods specialist, Nijhof-Wassink operates more than 550 truck combinations every day, both in the Netherlands and beyond, for its clients in the chemical and compound feed industry. The company therefore has a major role to play in the drive for sustainability. Nijhof-Wassink wants to help the European Union achieve its Green Deal objective with a proactive approach, and ensure that its operations are climate-neutral by 2050.
To reduce CO2 emissions in the coming years, the management of Nijhof-Wassink signed a sustainability commitment today to reduce its CO2 emissions by 10% by 2025 and by 30% by 2030 compared with 2020 levels. The ultimate goal is for the company’s operations to be CO2-neutral by 2050.
Work is being carried out on the sustainability programme 'Nijhof-Wassink, Drive for Green’ in the five countries where Nijhof-Wassink has a base. Initiatives that will be included in this programme include making the vehicle fleet more sustainable, and warehouses and office buildings ‘greener’. We will also look at improving the efficiency of our transport services even more, with measures such as further digitisation and intensive data crunching.
‘Working sustainably is nothing new for us. Our vehicles are fitted with the most economical diesel engines that emit relatively less CO2. We also have a number of Volvo LNG trucks in our fleet which emit 23% less CO2. “Our drivers are coached to drive safely and efficiently by special BBS trainers, while our planners try to reduce the distance trucks travel without cargo with the help of software, among other things. As a result of all this, we’re already working sustainably. However, there’s still room for improvement, which is the reasoning behind this initiative,” says Bertil Bouwhuis, Managing Director of Chemical Logistics at Nijhof-Wassink.
“It’s our duty to get to work on this initiative, and make our contribution to the Green Deal. Our clients are actively working towards the same ends, and we want to help them achieve their sustainability goals. We’re also asking for support from our suppliers. We have to tackle this together as a logistics chain,” says Martin Schoemaker, Managing Director of Feed Logistics at Nijhof-Wassink.
Over the coming years, Nijhof Wassink, in close cooperation with its sister companies Ecotrans Logistics, Nijwa and all its stakeholders, will develop various projects to achieve the goals it has set itself.
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