As early as 2010, hasenkamp committed itself to active environmental and energy management in the framework of ISO 14001 and 50001. We established concrete environmental goals, such as the continuous reduction of our energy usage and of the volume of waste we produced, and for many years we have been successfully implementing these goals - as confirmed externally by DEKRA.
The certifications DIN EN 15946:2011 "Preservation of cultural heritage - Packaging methods for transport" and DIN EN 16648:2015 "Preservation of cultural heritage - Transport methods" underline our commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly processes.
We are continuously working to further reduce the emissions of our services. For a few years now, an internal team of experts has been evaluating the emissions of our services along with external advisors from DEKRA. Based on this, a number of innovations and optimization projects have been driven forward, such as intelligent lighting with motion sensors or adjustments to our heating system.
In addition, we also offer our customers the opportunity to determine their order-specific emissions and thus sharpen their own CO2 footprint.
We strongly believe that every single employee directly influences the sustainability of our services. This is why we issue our sustainability newsletter, keeping you regularly informed about innovations, transitions and other information concerning the sustainability of our company.
Since 2008, we have been the first art logistics company to use passive building methods for the construction of emission-free art depots.
We use geothermal energy to temper the concrete cores of the wall and ceiling elements evenly. Thus, the passive structure-like depots maintain the ideal museum conditions of 20°C and 55% humidity with particularly low energy consumption.
Plus Energy Depot: We are also gradually equipping our warehouses with photovoltaic systems and use green electricity.
For the storage and transportation of artistic and cultural assets, specially designed packaging is needed. The specific object essentially determines the method of packaging. In order to make this as sustainable as possible, we take into account not only the materials used, but also their (re-)use.
For more than 45 years, hasenkamp has been offering high-quality, reusable, climate-controlled crates for rent, and as early as 20 years ago we pioneered the development of the vario crate. This, too, is a rentable climate-controlled crate - one which has an individually adjustable, variable inner frame, and which holds objects of various sizes securely in place without the need for additional padding material. Currently, we have more than 1,000 rentable crates in all kinds of different sizes. After each use, the crates are subjected to an exhaustive inspection and are reconditioned if necessary. In this way, we minimize the use of resources needed to ensure a high-quality packaging solution, and, since 2008, we have not needed to manufacture any new rentable climate-controlled crates. Thanks to the continuous re-use of our rentable climate-controlled crates, we protect more than 200 trees each year.
All hasenkamp's packaging solutions are manufactured in our in-house production facility on the site of our headquarters in Frechen. This ensures us short and efficient transportation channels; even Europe-wide, thanks to our extensive network.
 The rental climate boxes are used an average of 1,300 times a year. On average, 0.15 cbm of wood is needed to build a new (rental) climate box and we assume that 0.85 cbm of construction wood can be obtained from one tree.
In procuring wood, we ensure that the transportation routes are short: 8% of the wood comes from within Germany, and 83.8% from within Europe. The efficient use of the wood is maximized by deploying a cut optimization software. This involves a cutting plan being devised on the basis of an algorithm, minimizing the volume of unusable cut pieces.
Moreover, we coat our crates with an environmentally friendly, water-based lacquer. When disposing of production waste, hasenkamp pays heeds not only to professional standards, but also, as much as possible, to closed material cycles. For example, cutoffs from the foam material used for cushioning the crate are collected, returned to the supplier, and recycled. To guarantee the high (functional) quality of our packaging solutions, it is necessary to use additional materials such as crate seals and fittings.
To enhance the efficiency with which we deploy materials, we are constantly scrutinizing and optimizing the production processes and the materials used. One example is the reuse of materials: Whenever possible, crate fittings and insulating materials are removed from crates that were used for a short time, and are reused for new crates. Another example of this optimization process is the use of continuously self-righting crate seals. Since these are not destroyed from the pressure of the crate, they can usually be used, without harm, throughout the entire product lifespan of a crate.
To make the transportation of art and cultural assets as sustainable as possible, hasenkamp is constantly investing in its fleet and optimizing its (operative) processes.
Our fleet consists of modern vehicles fitted out with fuel-economizing technologies. The constant renovation of our vehicles has the advantage of lowering the emission volumes of air pollutants. These are steadily being lowered, in keeping with the Euro-norm. 57% of our vehicles conform to the most modern Euro-6 norm, while the other 43% conform to the Euro-5 norm. In order to utilize further savings potential, we are currently testing the practical application possibilities of several e-vehicles.
Another thing that determines the sustainability of our fleet usage is the efficiency with which we deploy the vehicles. This, too, is being heightened at hasenkamp through our network, transportation planning, and optimization of driving behavior. Our extensive network enables us to reach almost every region that is relevant to our business with the minimal number of empty kilometers on the way there.
Moreover, our dispatchers are supported by a dispatching tool that is based on artificial intelligence. The tool analyzes the empty kilometers that are likely to occur in the planned assignment, and minimizes these.
In addition, our drivers are supported by a telematics system during transportation. This has access to current traffic information, and uses this to calculate the most ecologically sensible route. The system also analyzes the driving behavior in real time, and gives the driver immediate feedback on improving driving behavior.
In addition, our drivers are regularly trained in fuel-economizing driving behavior. This engagement is reflected in, among other things, our average fuel consumption rates: Both our trucks and our sprinters are below the industry average.
Another approach to increasing the sustainability of our transportation is to increase the vehicle capacity usage rate. To achieve this, we combine - subject to client approval - the shipments of different customers that are going in the same general direction, to create a combination that is transported collectively for a large portion of the transportation route.
On top of that, we also recommend alternative modes of transportation to our clients, depending on the object to be transported. In particular, train and maritime shipping are suitable from a purely ecological perspective.