It’s an ambitious sustainability goal: the BLG LOGISTICS plan to considerably reduce CO2 emissions by 2030. The company is the first logistics service provider to have its goals scientifically attested by the renowned Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Mission Climate – a project that aims to mitigate climate change while simultaneously boosting business success.
A large poster hangs on the wall behind Yvonne Bonventre’s desk. It outlines the core points of BLG’s Mission Climate strategy for achieving climate neutrality. As a Team Leader in the area of sustainability, the graduate biologist is fully committed to the climate goal: By 2030, BLG plans to cut its CO2 emissions – known as Scope 1 and 2 in climate science – by 30 percent compared to 2018, even if business volume increases. The company will offset its remaining emissions through certified climate protection projects. Furthermore, BLG has pledged to reduce emissions generated externally over the entire supply chain by 15 percent – that is Scope 3.
Prevention, reduction and offsetting
Yvonne Bonventre is aware that this is an ambitious target for a logistics service provider with an international network: “To achieve our goals, we need to make changes across the board. Our customers increasingly value sustainability. So our climate commitment gives us a competitive edge. That’s because customers can reduce emissions in their supply chains as a result of our emission reductions and provision of climate-neutral services”.
Interim goals achieved
Yvonne Bonventre sums up the figures for the current CO2 balance sheet: “For our new absolute savings target, we need to reduce emissions by 2030 by an average of 2.5 percent per year. In the first year, we exceeded that goal by reaching a good three percent. The past year’s drop was 16 percent, but we can’t count that figure because of the exceptional situation due to the coronavirus. The lockdown at our customers in the automobile industry had a significant impact on us in the early part of the year. However, our positive trend was definitely confirmed,” says the expert.
A series of actions taken by the company have contributed to this.