We are continuously working to increase our energy efficiency. We are also looking to generate more of our own
electricity from renewable sources.
Energy management is an important means of increasing our efficiency – and thus harbors a lot of potential in
both environmental and economic terms. It is also essential for achieving our climate protection targets. Our
environmental and energy policy, which is available online, is commensurate with this. Among other things, it
commits us to continuously and systematically reducing our energy consumption and emissions and to steadily
improving our performance in the overriding areas of energy and the environment.
Our on-site energy officers are responsible for energy planning at the individual locations. In addition to
systematic data capture, their remit involves regular energetic evaluations as well as documenting planned
and implemented measures. All activities are monitored and managed by a central Controlling department. In
the reporting year, our energy management system was recertified according to DIN EN ISO 50001 at 27
locations. Furthermore, since 2014 our environmental management system has already been certified in
accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001 at all our German auto terminals and transport centers in the AUTOMOBILE
Division as well as at 13 more locations in the CONTRACT Division.
Our consumption data as a basis
If we are to permanently reduce our energy consumption – and hence our greenhouse gas emissions – we need to
know which are the biggest energy consumers. For this, we rely on decentralized recording, validation and
evaluation by our energy officers on site. Not included are sites, plants and vehicles whose energy
consumption is beyond our control. The consumption of all fully consolidated companies is aggregated and
calculated by the central Sustainability and Digitalization department as part of the annual energy and CO2
To further increase data transparency and in particular to facilitate the identification, recording and
tracking of measures, we introduced the EnEffCo energy management software in the reporting year. This
enables not only more detailed, but also largely automated recording and evaluation of our energy consumption
and thus even more targeted determination of savings potential. Our German sites will gradually be
incorporated in 2022, so that automated monitoring via user-defined dashboards will also be possible across
sites and businesses. We are currently preparing additional functions, including alarm and ticket functions,
which will enable anomalies to be systematically detected and processed.
Percentage share of energy consumption 2021
broken down according to divisions and business areas
Energy consumption in the reporting year
Compared with the previous year, our total consumption increased by around 6.4 percent to 272 million kWh,
which was to be expected due to the restrictions on business operations prevailing in 2020 in the wake of the
coronavirus pandemic. The comparatively cold start to 2021 and an additional hardening plant for industrial
logistics at one of our Bremen sites are two factors that explain the increase in natural gas consumption.
Compared with 2019, we nevertheless succeeded in reducing consumption by 2.2 percent. The renewed reduction
in diesel consumption is partly attributable to the ongoing shortage of parts in the reporting year.