Green award for Wartsila and CEVA Logistics
Marine solutions provider Wärtsilä and CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, have been recognised for their successful efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by 60 per cent at Wärtsilä's warehousing operations.
The two companies have been named as winners of the Lean & Green Star Award 2013, a programme aimed at encouraging businesses and government bodies to move to a higher level of sustainability by taking measures that not only yield cost savings, but at the same time reduce the burden on the environment.
The achievement has been made possible thanks to the combined efforts of CEVA and Wärtsilä. One of the key factors in achieving the emission reductions was the decision to integrate nine local warehouses into one strategically favourable location in Kampen, the Netherlands. The Central Distribution Centre in Kampen is the hub of Wärtsilä Global Logistics Services, and covers the entire material flow from order confirmation until the point of delivery at the customer's doorstep.
"We are continuously focusing on improving environmental performance within our operations, and naturally this is something we also expect from our partners. We are, therefore, very pleased to receive this award together with CEVA," says Christian Rönnholm, director, global parts management, Wärtsilä Services.
"CEVA is very pleased with the recognition for our Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility approach," said Pierre Girardin, executive vice president of CEVA Logistics in the Benelux. "This award is a further encouragement for CEVA to carry out our logistical activities in a sustainable manner. We want to be admired for our responsible working methods which are based on respect for the environment we live in."
The award is given by Connekt, a Dutch agency which, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, has created the Connekt Sustainable Logistics programme.
Under this programme, companies that are actively dedicated to making their logistics processes more sustainable, are considered for this prestigious honour. In 2008 CEVA won one of the first Lean & Green Awards for its best practice example of a CO2 friendly supply chain redesign for Wärtsilä.