DHL’s BP Supply chain facility adopts several measures to minimize environmental impact
The best part of products in all of BP’s company owned fuel service stations start their trip in the 160,000 sq ft DHL warehouse managed in partnership with BP, which controls the distribution of all foods, drinks, consumer goods, and other items.
Nick Tretis, General Manager at the site explained that they have trucks that are on the roads 24hrs with deliveries taking place up and down the country, pickers working round the clock, new goods coming in and a team on waste recycling all hours. They have to manage all these processes as efficiently as possible.
He added, “We have been working with the BP Target Neutral and Supply Chain teams to put a plan in place to reduce, replace and neutralize carbon emissions and gain carbon neutral certification. It means we’ve had to look at all our processes and find smarter ways of working to reduce carbon emissions year on year.” The depot has been proudly carbon neutral for five years.
BP’s commitment to zero landfill is at the heart of this approach and the depot has put in place an integrated waste management plan. All packaging and store waste that were used for the delivery, gets loaded into the empty cages and sent back to the depot in the returning delivery trucks.
All food waste goes into a food compactor, once sorted, which is collected by a third-party and taken to a bio-digester. Tracy Gowdy, DHL Recycling & Environmental Manager said, “We are really proud that all the food waste and packaging goes into the bio-digester to be turned into gas and are working with our BP colleagues to see what other opportunities there are to make improvements. In January 2015 we had 73 tonnes of cardboard come back from the stores for recycling. In January 2017 this had nearly doubled to 132 tonnes. We have also seen increases in plastics and paper for recycling.”
To drive efficiency across the site, BP has invested in technology. They are using software to monitor and measure driver performance in the transport management center. New vehicles with more efficient engines and improved aerodynamics as well as stop/start technology are being tested by the team. Phil Barwood, Transport Manager said, There’s always more we can do but we’ve seen significant reductions in fuel costs and maintenance outgoings across the fleet since we introduced the software so that spurs us on to look at new technology and process improvements.”
“It is BP’s vision to have zero going to landfill and therefore it is crucial that we work collaboratively with DHL, retail operation teams and Buying teams to reduce food waste initially but then to recycle as much and as efficiently as possible. But being carbon neutral and environmentally conscious is not just about recycling; all aspects of the supply chain need to be considered. We have therefore worked with DHL on a number of initiatives to improve vehicle performance and also reduce mileage and trucks on the road and review all aspects of the depot,” said BP’s UK Retail supply chain manager, Rebecca Harrison. PWKD08112017