Driving sustainability: Vanderlande supports new guidance to help industry stakeholders develop carbon footprint strategy 

At Vanderlande, sustainability is central to everything that we do. We want to be part of the solution, and we are joining forces with customers who share our principles 

Recently, we collaborated with Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Introba and Amazon to improve the understanding of the embodied carbon of Material Handling Equipment (MHE). Together, we helped to quantify the embodied carbon of the MHE used in typical warehouse buildings for different sectors. This landmark achievement paves the way for an industry standard that can be used across Europe, calculating the embodied carbon of MHE with the goal of enabling the industry to gain a deeper understanding of its environmental impact and identify opportunities for decarbonisation. 

Leveraging CIBSE’s TM65 methodology the approach focused on a data-gathering exercise, investigating Vanderlande systems used within a customer’s logistics buildings. Our dedicated team of engineers compiled extensive data on materials, manufacturing and logistics processes, and operational activities. We focused on complex equipment and their component parts, such as conveyor lines and automated storage and retrieval systems. 

Vanderlande, CIBSE, Introba and Amazon want to improve understanding of the embodied carbon of MHE to help identify ways of reducing emissions of an intralogistics System. The exercise benefited Vanderlande by providing useful information on the embodied carbon of its most widely used pieces of equipment. 

Frank van Dijck, Vanderlande’s Chief Technology Officer, emphasised, “Working with customers and suppliers is central to our efforts to become a more sustainable company, and this collaboration is a good example of what can be achieved together. These initiatives help us to build internal knowledge about the emissions impact of our own solutions, which in turn supports us on our mission to become net zero by 2040.” 

Please read more about how we are shaping a sustainable future and about our commitment to The Climate Pledge.