We believe that business success should not come at a cost to the environment. We are committed to following sustainable business practices that limit the impact our operations have on the environment. By doing so and encouraging our employees, customers and suppliers to follow suit, we help deliver sustainable value for society. 

In 2019, Globaltrans continued to refresh our environmental strategy, focusing on improving the transparency and effectiveness of our sustainability performance. We established a formal Environmental and Energy Policy to reinforce our commitment to doing business sustainably and introduced internal reporting systems to monitor group-wide environmental performance. 

We comply with all requirements of applicable legislation, including local and internal regulations. We had no incidents of non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations in the reporting period. 

We seek to be an eco-friendly company in other ways too, with a focus on improvement in our energy efficiency, the rational use of water and reducing our paper and fuel consumption, the results of which are set out below.[1]

Energy usage

As a responsible business, we are committed to promoting efficient and wise use of our energy sources. Given the particular nature of the industry, the Group’s operations consume energy from various sources, namely fuel (petrol, diesel, and gas) and electricity. To reduce energy consumption we are constantly developing our approach to effective energy management. In 2019, we again reduced our energy consumption in three key areas and further energy optimisation measures are planned.

The significant decline in electricity consumption came as a result of the Group relocating a number of offices to a single office building in 2019.

Total consumption of energy resources by type, 2018–2019

Energy carrier

2018

2019

Change

Electricity (KWh)

7,347,827

4,795,686

-35%

Diesel (litres)

54,752,185

53,184,738

-3%

Petroleum (litres)

250,051

210,715

-16%


Consumption per employee, 2018–2019

 

2018

2019

Change

Petrol consumption (litres)

162

134

-17%

Diesel consumption (litres)

35,553

33,895

-5%

Use of water

Our operations do not consume significant amounts of water. Nevertheless, we want to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation within the business and among employees. We implemented internal environmental management systems in 2018 to improve the monitoring of water usage and progress continues to be made. Both BaltTransServis and Ukrainian New Forwarding Company made further reductions in their use of water in 2019:

  • Total consumption of cold water by BaltTransServis decreased 6% year on year.
  • Total consumption of cold water by Ukrainian New Forwarding Company decreased 7% year on year.

The system for capturing and processing water use data elsewhere across the Group remains under development, but we have made considerable progress. Further improvements to the monitoring system around water quality and consumption are planned.

Paper consumption and recycling

We are keen to reduce the negative environmental impact of paper consumption. As an organisation, Globaltrans consumes significant amounts of paper and as our business volumes grow, the need for more documentation is likely to grow with it.

We continue to promote the merits of a green workplace, encouraging staff across the Group to recycle waste paper, monitoring usage particularly with regard to photocopying,
and introducing the use of electronic documentation. The new initiatives are leading to a significant reduction in paper consumption, with paper consumption per employee reducing by 20% in 2019. Recycling continues to be an area of focus across all our business units.


Consumption per employee, 2018–2019

 

2018

2019

Change

Paper consumption  (kg per employee)

15

12

-20%

Corporate culture and internal communications

Globaltrans aims to provide its people with a great working environment based on a strong collaborative culture of shared values where everyone feels valued and each member of staff plays their part in the team, working collegiately with others to get better results. That is why teamwork and collaboration are at the core of our business. 

Listening and responding to our employees is a priority. We actively encourage employee involvement as we want each individual to feel that their views are heard and that they are empowered at work. We conduct regular employee surveys to identify those issues that most concern employees and to then respond to the feedback. Some of the Group’s subsidiaries have employee hotlines to enable them to deal quickly and effectively with employees’ concerns or questions. Our protocols stipulate that each and every call to a hotline is dealt with and no communication is left unanswered. 

We also regularly hold sports, cultural and leisure events for our employees and their families. These help to foster a sense of community, increase employee engagement and promote better teamwork.

Greenhouse gas management

Rail remains one of the greenest, most fuel-efficient modes of transport with, for instance, just one litre of fuel needed to move one tonne of freight over a distance of about 200 km by rail. Nevertheless, we continue to focus on measures to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations. We achieve this by constantly seeking ways to reduce our energy consumption, by ensuring optimal efficiency in how we manage our railcar fleet, and through innovation and investment in new rolling stock and services.

Operating a modern, well-maintained fleet is key to minimising our environmental footprint. A strong focus for us over the last year has been our locomotive fleet, as diesel locomotives are the biggest contributor to our GHG emissions. In 2019, to further improve our operational and environmental performance, we acquired 10 new modern diesel locomotives, bringing our total fleet of locomotives to 75 units as of the end of 2019. These new locomotives are significantly more fuel efficient, cleaner and more reliable. The other key driver to reducing GHG emissions is operational efficiency, in particular, reducing the incidence of Empty Runs as there is a direct environmental impact from having trains moving while carrying empty railcars. Globaltrans continues to lead the industry, delivering one of the lowest Empty Run Ratios for gondola cars in the sector.

Since 2018, we have undertaken an annual data capture exercise for the purposes of measuring and reporting our GHG emissions. In 2019, GHG emissions from the Group’s locomotive fleet were 161,299 tonnes of CO2 equivalent1, a pleasing 3% lower than in 2018 (166,129 tonnes of CO2 equivalent). Whilst we can rightly be considered a low emitter of CO2, we recognise there is more work to do in improving our environmental management system. We remain committed to reducing further our GHG emissions and improving our understanding of how we impact the environment in a way consistent with our values.

[1] The Group’s greenhouse gas emissions were calculated in accordance with IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2006).

[1] As Globaltrans has begun disclosing data on resource consumption only in 2018, the mechanism for collecting, processing and presenting information in the areas of rational use of water, energy and paper has not yet been fully developed. Therefore, the Company does not yet have enough data to fully demonstrate the trends occurring in all of its business units.

Last updated: 08.05.2020