At Cargotec, we are continuously working to stay at the top of the game in sustainability. Although the main industrial sustainability impacts occur through our products, we do our best to improve the sustainability performance of our own operations as well. We take the sustainability standards that guide our operations seriously: many issues covered by standards are now a license to operate in the industry.
Environmental management and reporting data development gave us a baseline to define more ambitious targets for our own operations
Since 2018, significant improvements have been made to Cargotec’s centrally followed EHS reporting: for the first time, information from our non-assembly sites is validated, audited and published externally. Previously, only assembly site energy consumption data has been audited and published. To set ambitious targets and mitigate the greatest impacts, we now wanted a full picture of our operational energy consumption and emissions.
In 2019, Cargotec’s total energy consumption amounted to 164,800 MWh, with the highest consumption coming from electricity and diesel service vans. Compared to 2018, the assembly site total energy consumption decreased by five percent, while the non-assembly increased by 17 percent.
Cargotec's energy consumption in 2019
Cargotec’s 2019 energy consumption mainly comprised of electricity (35%) and diesel (32%). Diesel fuel was primarily used in service vans, whereas electricity was used in our facilities.
In 2019, 100 percent of our assembly sites, service sites and offices in Finland and Sweden, three of our sites in Italy, one site in the US and one site in the Netherlands were powered by renewable electricity, resulting in approximately 33 percent of Cargotec’s electricity being renewable.
The renewable energy purchase was part of a bigger internal climate change mitigation process, which will continue in the coming years. Our target is to have 40 percent of Cargotec’s total electricity consumption originating from renewable energy sources by 2019, and 50 percent by 2021.
With regard to diesel consumption, our target is to renew our vehicle policy during 2019 and shift to a more environmentally-friendly vehicle fleet in the coming years. This will be realised in sync with the termination of vehicle leasing contracts, as well as necessary infrastructure updates.