BPW expects carbon dioxide pricing to drive innovation in transport and logistics

BPW Bergische Achsen KG reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent to 7,855 tonnes between 2017-2018.

This dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at the main production plant, according to BPW, was made possible by shifting to green electricity and e-mobility. However, the family business sees the highest potential for more climate protection in its innovations for transport and logistics.

The BPW Group embraces the public debate on climate protection: Michael Pfeiffer, personally liable managing partner of the globally active family-owned company, welcomes it as an innovation driver for the entire transport and logistics sector.

On the occasion of the online publication of the BPW Sustainability Report, Pfeiffer pointed said: “The climate goals of Paris can be achieved through modern transport technologies and mobility services. The key to this is not only the truck, but the trailer above all. Lightweight construction and intelligent trailer running gear can drastically reduce diesel consumption, tyre and other material wear; telematic systems to connect the driver, freight and vehicle effectively reduce empty journeys and detours while optimising driving styles. There is hardly any other industry in which climate and cost benefits are so inextricably linked. That's why we consistently invest in solutions for sustainable transport efficiency”.

In 2019, BPW made significant progress in establishing climate-friendly technologies: Leading logistics companies such as Deutsche Post DHL, trans-o-flex and the Nagel Group are now connecting their trailer fleets with the telematics solutions from BPW subsidiary idem telematics. The electric drive axle eTransport, which BPW supplies for the conversion of trucks up to 7.5 tonnes, has already been deployed in regular operation by renown logistics companies such as Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, UPS and Logwin. With AirSave, BPW is supplying a tyre pressure control system that leads to massive fuel and emission savings – and even pays for itself within the first year of purchase.

BPW has been committed to climate protection for many years: at its main production facility in Wiehl (Germany), the company covers a growing proportion of its electricity consumption from own rooftop solar panels and the rest from certified CO2-neutral sources. BPW obtains heat from natural gas; starting in 2020 BPW will introduce CO2 offsetting, in which the CO2 emissions produced by natural gas will be neutralised 100 per cent through climate protection projects. The company also relies on CO2-efficient transport management for its own logistics and supply chains and began early on to convert its factory traffic to electric drive.

The BPW Sustainability Report also highlights the company's social commitments. BPW documents its progress according to the standards of the UN Global Compact – a worldwide initiative for responsible corporate management. BPW also meets the highest standards in quality and environmental management and audits its suppliers accordingly.

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