Towards Greener Road Transportation: Girteka Logistics Sustainability Policy

2021-01-28

Girteka Logistics, Europe’s largest Full Truck Load (FTL) transportation company, is proud to update and share the company’s Sustainability Policy. The document will serve as the touchstone that guides the company’s future sustainability efforts.

The need for sustainable growth and development is ever increasing, and together, as individuals and as companies, we have the enormous responsibility in protecting the planet and its resources.

“In Girteka Logistics, we recognize that we must actively seek out opportunities to reduce our climate footprint, in our core and supporting activities. Collectively we can make a bigger contribution towards achieving the goals of the Paris agreement in limiting the global warming” says Edvardas Liachovičius, CEO, Girteka Logistics.

Sustainability for every stakeholder group

Girteka Logistics’ Sense of Purpose, to deliver on clients’ promises, extends beyond high quality logistics services. The company’s goal is to become the first choice for every stakeholder group further takes into account the wider impact of the company’s activities.

Emission reduction is central to each group, to preserve our planet for Our Community.

Working directly with Clients, Girteka Logistics strives to collaborate in greener road transport solution implementation, supporting greener supply chains. Similarly, sustainability is a key consideration for the Colleagues – sustainable workplaces and responsible practices are crucial for reducing climate footprint outside the core operations.

The seven pillars of the Sustainability Policy

Girteka Logistics has identified seven key ways in which the company aims to focus their efforts:

  • Modernizing the vehicle fleet to achieve the lowest possible greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

  • Digitalizing our operations to reduce empty kilometers driving

  • Increasing the use of alternative fuels, with a particular focus on HVO for CO2 reduction

  • Increasing intermodal transportation

  • Educating our truck drivers on eco-driving practices to maximize engine efficiency and increase road safety

  • Ensuring our own responsible consumption

  • Partnerships

In 2020, Girteka Logistics has reduced its CO2 emissions by 4% comparing to 2019. This is a result of focusing within each of the seven pillars, identifying specific solutions.

The Sustainability Policy outlines our plans in each area, as we capitalize on the increasingly available solutions for processes improvement. Technology enables further sustainability-oriented solutions, such as reducing empty miles. Girteka Logistics is determined to make every kilometre count, optimizing the routes and effectively pairing trucks with cargoes. In 2019, empty kilometres contributed to 17% of total distance covered, and the ratio is expected to decrease as Girteka Logistics progresses with the partnership with SAP, automating truck and cargo matching.

The company’s European fleet only offers EURO VI standard trucks, ensuring compliance with the top industry standards. As Girteka Logistics awaits the EURO VII standard and the eventual zero-emission vehicles for long distances, the company continues developing alternative solutions.

A particular focus is placed on intermodal transportation, with the goal to complete 20% of total transportation using intermodal solutions by 2025.

Moreover, Girteka Logistics commits to reducing CO2 emissions outside the scope of logistics – by ensuring responsible resource consumption in every workplace – at warehouses, offices, and maintenance centres.

“At Girteka Logistics, with 18,000 colleagues there is a big opportunity to set a positive example that extends into the wider community. This includes reducing waste in our workplaces, such as by using renewable energy in the offices or automatization for a more effective warehouse process management,” says Pavel Kveten, CCO Russia/CIS, Girteka Logistics.

Bigger impact through partnerships

Collaboration strengthens the approach to climate neutrality, through mutual search for sustainable solutions. Partnerships enable to increase the scale of the efforts and embrace alternative solutions.

At Girteka Logistics, we thank all our partners with whom we have already taken many steps in sustainability.

In 2020, we were one of the 18 companies who launched the European Clean Trucking Alliance (ECTA), calling for decarbonisation of road freight in the EU, to achieve a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050. We hope to develop our partnerships as we head towards the goal.

“Girteka Logistics has a clear focus on transforming its transportation business in order to accommodate these changes in the world around us. We are committed to leading the industry in a sustainable direction” says Edvardas Liachovičius, CEO, Girteka Logistics. “The European Clean Trucking Alliance will accelerate the progress on sustainable development, ensuring that as we grow, we do so by reducing our impact on the planet”.

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