Fuel card- and mobility provider DKV awarded the Eco Performance Award for the tenth time on the eve of the transport logistic.
It was a first that a shipping agent won: natural foods wholesaler Bodan. Once a year, DKV honors outstanding sustainable services in the logistics sector, in cooperation with Knorr-Bremse, the PTV Group and the University of St. Gallen. There were two premieres in 2017: the newly created category startup and the first winner amongst shipping agents, natural foods wholesaler Bodan from Überlingen at the Lake of Constance.
Bodan‘s objective is this: On the road CO2-free by 2020. „Sustainability is not a one-way street, which is why we‘re aiming for ecological solutions in all different kinds of fields,“ Dieter Hallerbach, logistics managing director at Bodan, explained. This includes a biogas-powered truck with CyroTech-cooling and the transition of the entire truck fleet from diesel fuel to the so-called HVO-fuel, which consists of hydrogenated vegetable oils. The company also introduced an eco-management system in compliance with the European Eco Management Audit Scheme (EMAS). As future goals, Hallerbach mentions the reduction of truck noise down to talk volume, below 60 decibels, and the complete changeover to alternative coolants in the warehouse. For this performance, the company received DKV‘s prize money of 10,000 euros, as well as the award and a corresponding certificate.
Second prize goes to Instafreight from Berlin
The second prize of the evening, also endowed with 10,000 euros, went to startup Instafreight from Berlin. The company has been on the market since June 2016. Via a digital platform, forwarding agents are able to book transports at fixed Prices online. „At first our service was geared towards small- and middle-sized forwarders, whereas now we‘re also looking to larger forwarders,“ managing director Philipp Ortwein explained. DKV honored the startup because, thanks to this business plan, empty runs can be avoided and customers experience fair treatment because of the binding bookings. Next to Bodan and Instafreight, five other companies of the industry were nominated. They prevailed against 18 candidates in total.