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Making sustainability personal

Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) programs are not led but merely guided by achieving your EcoVadis label or ISO14001 audit. It is not something that can live within your organization by sending over an SLA or asking your clients to offset your emissions. Manager of European Services, Lennert De Jong, elaborates.

(this story appeared in The Portal Magazine)

CSR has to be adopted within the organization by each layer. Gosselin, being an asset-based mover with trucks across Europe, has quite a large scope of direct carbon footprint. The emissions are inherent to the business being in logistics. The effort to improve those by using new technologies has to come from within the organization, steered by a high-level vision embedded into the mission.

Small efforts

The awareness and curiosity to look for new alternatives can start small with notes about lights, recycling, all the way to having a very successful yearly Gosselin green week and a River Clean-up (851 kg in total collected by our offices) or even ‘leasing’ a bicycle through Gosselin. A recently launched ‘idea box’ allowed us to distill 57 ideas about saving energy! So, luckily, there is still much room for improvement.

Strategically located

Gosselin uses waterways whenever possible to organize transport from as far as Germany and Switzerland for our means, using the position of our HQ near the water to organize direct transit to one of Europe’s major ports by barge. We save carbon emissions and make a social impact by saving many kilometers of traffic each year for the already congested highways around Antwerp.

Steps towards sustainability
HVO fuel

On the operational moving side, last year we started to explore and offer the use of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel. Using this fuel instead of regular can save up to 90% of carbon emissions. We hope to see a broader adoption by gas stations in Europe to make it even more viable.

However, we do see that the willingness to pay the premium is not broadly accepted yet on a client level. When offering this multiple requested quotes, it was not a major deciding factor while the cost component is still significant.

Swap body 

Although the above helps, it doesn’t solve the social aspect: the shortage of truck drivers around Europe. For longer freight lanes between countries where we combine smaller shipments, we are experimenting with utilizing the rail system and our ‘swap body’ truck system to cope with the driver shortage. Not increasing warehouse handling of goods by using that same swap body on a local truck in the country of destination, is also very helpful and timesaving. We are in active talks with asset-based partners to join us in helping us create a more sustainable service offering. 

Groupage

In terms of software, we utilize and analyse the data of al our pan-European offices and combine smaller shipments within Europe and overseas by having full transparency through the footprint. Again, we save lots of empty trucks or container loads, and splitting the charges and emissions for sea freight among customers makes it a more attractive service offering.

Software

Any software that adds value on multiple sides of the business is explored. Reducing carbon emissions or hours in traffic while providing a more flexible client experience by doing virtual surveys is a perfect example that grew explosively due to the Covid restrictions. The next objectives will be digitizing the historical package of paperwork from one partner to another and trying to digitally integrate that data flow together between movers.

ABOUT GOSSELIN: 

Founded in 1930, Gosselin currently employs more than 975 people who generate total sales of over 450 million Euros. Gosselin’s headquarters is located on the Albert Canal in Deurne where the container terminal connects the Port of Antwerp Bruges and the Port of Rotterdam with the European hinterland. With 56 offices in 34 countries, the company has strong representation in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and China. The Gosselin Group consists of two divisions: Gosselin Moving and Gosselin Logistics.  

Gosselin Moving handles international moves for multinationals, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private individuals.  

Gosselin Logistics provides logistics services to businesses, with activities ranging from forwarding, warehouse storage and container processing to industrial logistics projects for heavy machinery and entire factories.  

 

Earth Day

Gosselin celebrates Earth Day

Gosselin celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd. Colleagues from all across the globe participated in an initiative to contribute to the environment.
Gosselin Crown I

Thanks to a solar panel installation of 1.5 MW from ENGIE, Gosselin is becoming a more sustainable logistics player

ENGIE installed a 1.5 MW solar panel installation at the Gosselin site in Antwerp. This installation of more than 3,000 solar panels will allow them to reduce their CO2 emissions by 535 tons per year, equivalent to the annual emissions of 268 diesel cars.Gosselin currently launched a new trial project combining the usual road transport with train groupage in Europe. It is the perfect combination between handling large volumes, less reloads, less damage risks, and focusing on sustainability at the same time.
Hank Guns

Elke middag even naar buiten voor een wandeling

’s Middags even naar buiten om de benen te strekken. Het klinkt haast niet mogelijk in Deurne, maar Hank Guns doet het al meer dan 20 jaar en hij vond al enkele verrassende routes. Hij is fan van het initiatief bij Gosselin om meer in te zetten op beweging en deelt zijn wandelingen maar al te graag met de collega’s.