Ekol Logistics launched its new term sustainability strategy 'Project 21' with the motto 'For Life, Now' on the '21 September World Zero Emissions Day', which is celebrated all over the world. In the webinar organized within the scope of 'Project 21', information was given about the works carried out by Ekol in line with its zero carbon emission target.
Although it is not an industrial company, Ekol Logistics became the first company in its sector in Turkey and Europe to calculate its carbon footprint on a completely voluntary basis and verify it according to the international ISO 14064-1:2018 standard.
Thanks to intermodal transportation, a sustainable business model that serves the low-carbon economy, which it launched in 2008, Ekol has reduced its carbon emissions and brought green areas the size of 10 Istanbul to the world in the last 10 years.
As part of its efforts to be the best for the world, Ekol; Since 2007, it has been among the signatories of the United Nations Global Compact and with this initiative it has taken part in on a voluntary basis; It publishes a Progress Report every year. At the same time, since 2012, it calculates the Corporate Carbon Footprint according to international standards and systematically reports the value it creates in the supply chain of its customers. It expands its service network with fleet and port investments equipped with low-carbon technologies and equipment. It continues its investments in green ports and offices with LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facilities that it has developed and commissioned with a leadership approach in energy and environmental design. The roof Solar Power Plant project continues at full speed in Lotus, the green facility with Europe's largest storage area. In 2014, Ekol managed to become the first logistics company in Turkey to receive a Green Office Diploma, and establishes all of its work areas in accordance with the Green Office program.
INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT AUDIT
In the effective fight against the climate crisis, which gained momentum after the European Green Deal; Ekol, which calculates the greenhouse gas inventory in parallel with the commitment made by the global manufacturer companies it serves against the carbon emissions and climate crisis, updated its 2020 Corporate Carbon Footprint according to the ISO 14064-1:2018 international standard and registered its accuracy with the audits of the international independent audit company Bureau Veritas. Verification Statement; With 84 locations, all of which are national and international Ekol subsidiaries, it is a first in its field in terms of covering all modes of transportation and in terms of its depth and prevalence at the scope 3 level (including the supply chain). Ekol's details of the service it produces (Scope 1) and the emissions from the energy it uses (Scope 2), as well as the emission calculations (Scope 3) for the services it receives from its suppliers, makes this study different.
Ekol, together with this verification registration; In the Climate Change category of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP ClimateChange), which it took the initiative for the first time in 2021; It also transparently reported how it deals with the fight against climate change as an element of its sustainability strategy.
EKOL PREPARES FOR THE GREEN RECONCILIATION: OUR TARGET IS ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS IN 2050
Ekol Corporate Sustainability Director Enise Ademoğlu Matbay, who said that the European Union created a new economic system in the effective fight against the climate crisis with the Green Deal, and that Ekol carries out many pioneering works within the scope of compliance management, said, “As per the European Union Green Deal, emissions will be reduced until 2030. We have started to take our actions to reduce it by 55 percent and to reach the target of being a Climate Neutral continent by 2050. Compared to our 2030 base year carbon emissions until 2020; We aim to reduce our total emissions (Scope 1-2 and 3) per total turnover (tCO2e/ turnover EUR) by 55%, and to reduce our total emissions from vehicles in circulation in Europe by 75%. In order to reach our carbon neutral target in 2050; We also include transitioning to ScienceBasedTargets processes in our program.
It will be primarily affected by these regulations; While emission-intensive production sectors are at the forefront, as the logistics sector, we are not directly involved in such a regulation yet, but we know that we cannot wait for this. We export 50 percent of our exports to Europe. 13 of the 12 countries in which we operate are in Europe. Producing low-carbon services has become a trade requirement for us. Our aim is not to manage the results, but to manage the process. Therefore, our way of doing business in 2008; We turned it into intermodal, which is a sustainable business model. Transportation constitutes 65% of Ekol's operations. 85% of this is intermodal. In addition, we use renewable and clean energy (GES) resources in storage, which is the second largest service area of our turnover. In this way, we reduce carbon emissions in our entire value chain. The applications of the Green Deal criteria are still unclear for the logistics industry. Sanctions have not yet come into effect for this. We set out proactively before the mandatory applications came. This world is all ours. We have a motto for our new term sustainability strategy; We say 'For Life, Now'. If we do not take these actions now, it will already be too late. The key to speaking to future generations is passing now. “He evaluated.
Ademoğlu stated that Ekol, which also carries out the logistics of sustainability, aims to become a "Carbon Expert in Logistics" by consulting its internal and external stakeholders on the carbon footprint, and stated that this way, they will create a competitive advantage by enabling their customers to focus on their main business areas.
FOR LIFE, NOW
As a result of all these, Ekol pushes the button for Project 21 events, where it will share its sustainability projects within the scope of the sustainability umbrella strategy “For Life, Now”. With Project 21 publications, Ekol; will create a platform that will make the sustainability culture transformation visible to all its stakeholders.
At the event, the first of which was held on September 21, 2021, moderated by Harvard Business Review Turkey Editor-in-Chief Serdar Turan, Ekol's Corporate Sustainability Director Enise AdemoğluMatbay explained the "Corporate Carbon Footprint Governance Program" in detail.
“Project 21” events will be celebrated as Sustainability Day and will be repeated on the 21st of each month. The total duration of these events will be limited to 21 minutes.
At the same time, Ekol aims to raise awareness of the contribution that Ekol members can make to reducing carbon emissions in the world, by making small changes in their daily habits. Ekol will also showcase the progress made in this regard in line with the 21-day calendar it will create by bringing together its employees through online events.