The term sustainability is much quoted and even more frequently interpreted. For the E/D/E, sustainability is a strategic corporate objective, which means: Logistics should be sustainable in terms of ecology, society and economy.
Together with consistent energy savings, a fundamental objective, derived from the maxim, is to considerably lower CO2 emissions both in the transport sector and in internal logistics and inventory management.
In many different sectors, we are making a positive contribution to protecting our environment and natural resources. For many years, we have been supporting specific measures with which the climate is protected and energy consumption is reduced. We consciously make investment decisions in this context.
Underway in an environmentally-friendly way – the E/D/E vehicle fleet
Continual optimisation of delivery to our members does not only mean a considerable reduction in kilometres covered, but also a stronger utilisation of the vehicles used by those through adapted delivery forms. This considerably reduces our number of journeys and saves fuel. In this way, up to 30% of the kilometres travelled can be reduced by optimising deliveries with ecological points of view.
Through intensive driver training, in which our employees learn defensive and economic methods of driving, we have also reduced our consumption of fossil fuels in the Logistics sector. The driver training sessions, which take place regularly at least once a year, do not only reduce fuel consumption of our HGVs; at the same time, they improve the safety of our drivers in road traffic.
In addition, we have consistently decided only to use vehicles with the low exhaust emission class Euro Norm 5 to make deliveries to our members.
Our requirement is to responsibly link economic and ecological objectives together. For this reason, an important focus of our environmentally-conscious action is the sector of energy management.
Through the comprehensive installation of lighting systems with movement sensors in our new Logistics Centre, which are state-of-the-art in terms of development and technology, we are dealing very cost-consciously and environmentally-consciously with the existing resources. Thanks to the considerably longer lifespan of the lighting we use, its high light yield and energy efficiency, we are saving important resources and can considerably reduce our electrical waste.
In addition, the issue of energy consumption and recycling was also consistently taken into account with the implementation of automated conveyer technology.
With every lowering of a load-lifting device and every braking action of a rack feeder, energy is released. With the feedback modules used by the E/D/E, this energy can be converted into electrical energy and fed back into the mains supply. Consequently, it can be reused at another site in the system.
The design of the Logistics Centre consistently implemented the deactivation of unused conveyors in the almost 5 kilometres of our container conveyor system. In this way, the system automatically turns off within 30 seconds of the last transported product. The system restarts as soon as the freight advances or is placed on the conveyor.
If our automated small-parts warehouse has to deal with just a few orders, which do not have a high priority, there is no reason to travel at full speed. This can be the case, for example, with night-time stock transfers or reorganisations. The installed control system ensures that slower speeds are used than in normal operation. This preserves the mechanics of the system and the materials, as well as saving energy.
Over half of all E/D/E employees work in the E/D/E office buildings. The majority of energy is also consumed in these buildings. Mainly for heating during the winter, but also for computer systems and light.
Even during the construction of the multi-story building, modern and energy-saving technology, such as energy-saving lamps, was used. For example, we avoided the need to install an air conditioning system, in favour of an intelligent window architecture which guarantees natural ventilation. In addition, the concrete construction of the building is simultaneously a reservoir for heated ambient air in the winter and cooler night-time air during the summer.
The E/D/E property management team pays attention to ensuring that efficient components are used for all arising repairs and improvements. For example, condensing boilers are used in the heating system of the E/D/E office building, which have a particularly low start-up and exhaust temperature.
In contrast to the still widely-used practice with which rack feeders are controlled with individual controllers, the E/D/E used an SEW MoviAxis multi-axis servo booster. In this way, all controllers share a joint command bus, a shared central processor and a shared energy supply. This not only saves a fundamental amount of space; it also facilitates a previously unachieved accuracy of control, considerable reduction of waste heat losses and a clear saving in energy.
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