for the first time in Belgium, the company obtains the prestigious “Lean & Green 3 stars” seal

After obtaining the 2-star seal in 2021, the Proximus distribution center in Courcelles thus confirms its ambitions in terms of reducing CO2 emissions with a view to becoming the first carbon neutral supply chain by 2030.

Created in the Netherlands, the Lean & Green program has been led and implemented since 2014 by Logistics in Wallonia. This program aims to reduce CO2 emissions with a focus on the supply chain and, more specifically, on all activities related to transport and logistics.

The companies participating in the program prepare an action plan according to the established methodology. This plan must cover at least 50% of emissions related to transport and logistics. They then choose a reference unit that allows them to calculate CO2 emissions properly, taking into account the evolution and growth of their activities. All results are evaluated by an external auditor.

On a European scale, 549 companies participate in the Lean & Green program for the logistics component. Only 24 companies, including Proximus, were awarded 3 stars. Proximus is also the only Belgian company to receive the highest distinction.

Results

In line with Proximus’ framework of actions in terms of sustainability and the logistical ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030, an initiative was launched, with the help of Logistics Wallonia, to obtain the Lean seal. & Green for the Proximus distribution center in Courcelles. In 2021, Proximus obtained the Lean & Green 2 Stars seal for having managed to reduce its CO2 emissions by 32% per order between 2015 and 2019.

Encouraged by this good result, Proximus immediately continued its sustainability efforts to earn the third star. This required him to increase the project scope by 10% and achieve an additional 5% reduction from the second star. Thanks to its continuous effort and the implementation of new concrete actions in close collaboration with its main suppliers in the area of ​​transport and storage, Proximus managed, between 2015 and 2021, to reduce its CO2 emissions by 55% per order (instead of of the 35% needed to get a 3rd star). This despite a significant 18% increase in order volume. A performance that earned Proximus the “Lean & Green 3 Stars” label in 2022.

Concrete initiatives to obtain the 3-star seal

To obtain this seal, Proximus implemented several additional concrete actions in several areas. These actions have a common point: solid collaboration, a concerted strategy and action plans aligned with the main suppliers in the area of ​​transport and storage.

The Proximus distribution center has been running on 100% green energy since 2019 and has increasingly used local Belgian wind energy in recent years.

Since 2019, the Proximus distribution center consumes exclusively green electricity. In recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis on locally sourced Belgian wind energy. As far as transport is concerned, delivery and transport times have been further optimized and consolidated. The vehicle fleet is also more environmentally friendly and bicycle distribution has expanded in major cities.

As part of the Don’t Miss a Call campaign, around 80,000 mobile phones passed through the Proximus distribution centre, which was responsible for extracting the precious metals they contain or reconditioning them to give them a second life. A boost that will benefit the environment.

With regard to packaging, Proximus took the initiative to send its products directly to the customer, without an additional card. Thus, she managed to save the equivalent of 92 football fields in square meters!

All these efforts earned Proximus the “Lean & Green 3 Stars” seal in 2022. This recognition, particularly prestigious in Europe, once again reinforces Proximus’ pioneering spirit in the field of sustainable development, an important pillar of its #inspire2022 strategy. For Proximus, this is a concrete step towards the goal of zero net emissions by 2040, both in its own activities and in its value chain.

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