Our approach to environmental stewardship is based upon solid management systems.
Many of our facilities are certified according to the ISO 14001 framework, which means we have implemented appropriate risk and opportunity identification processes, continuous improvement methodologies and other systems to ensure that our efforts are effective. Most importantly, such certifications demonstrate that DSV's management is engaged in, and committed to, our environmental aspirations.
Using resources responsibly
We have more than 1,400 sites around the world, varying from small office spaces to large warehouses of more than 100,000 m2. Besides ensuring processes for recycling and sorting wherever we can, we have high-standard requirements for our buildings – all aiming to minimise our direct impact on the environment and using our resources responsibly.
Recycling and sorting
Our recycling initiatives vary across countries and types of location. Many of our sites recycle spare cardboard, paper and wooden pallets from operations and activities, and other sites use only recyclable storage boxes in the warehouses.
The management of our buildings is an area which we can directly influence to reduce carbon emissions. We continuously renovate, consolidate and build new warehouses to make sure that our buildings live up to the energy efficiency requirements we set for ourselves.
When planning a building project, we calculate which possible locations will give rise to the lowest total transportation costs, and thereby the lowest carbon emissions. Our Group Property Department, consisting of specialists within the area, sets standards and requirements for buildings Group-wide.
When new DSV locations are built, we adhere to some of the most demanding national and international building standards, and we invest in materials that can ensure energy efficiency. Our buildings are constructed with a minimum life span of 50 years, and if one of our buildings was to be removed, 85% of its materials could be reused. Also, new sites are built with energy efficient solutions such as automated lighting, low energy light bulbs and water saving fixtures. Lastly, new buildings have good working conditions for employees, and we prioritise natural lighting.
Our building projects are based on business cases that specify our long list of requirements, and we are currently working on making the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals a part of our business cases for future construction projects.
Contact Lindsay Zingg, Senior Director, Group Sustainability