In various ways we invest in ‘green ways of working’ to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. To achieve this, we work closely with an expert in the field of integrated sustainability, who advises us and keeps us on our toes.

Our sustainable way of working consists of many different elements:

Consolidating inbound flows

Our unique location, immediately bordering the inland terminal, makes it possible to transport import containers from the seaports to ‘s-Hertogenbosch using hybrid inland vessels. This transition from road to waterways saves many truck movements and avoids traffic congestion. Containers for the ‘s-Hertogenbosch region are loaded on one barge and arrive at the terminal in accordance with a fixed sailing schedule. The consolidation of these flows on one hybrid inland vessel already reduces our energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 40%. When, in the near future, these vessels will be fully electric, the CO2 emissions will be zero. We are currently working on a tool for our customers, to provide insight in our current CO2 emissions. With this we hope to convince even more importers to make the sustainable transition from road to waterway.

Consolidating outbound flows

By continuously monitoring and aligning the logistics processes of our customers, we can regularly create attractive transport combinations. Goods of customers going to the same geographical destination can often share a container or a truck. The bundling of these different ‘flows of goods’ is efficient, cost-saving and sustainable.  Here too, we like to think along with our customers and present them with proposals for improvement.

Sustainable last mile

Our multi-user warehouse in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, with its additional logistics facilities, is located next to the quay of the BCTN inland terminal.  This makes it possible to place the containers from the ship, using a reach stacker, directly in front of our especially designed loading docks. These containers do not first have to be loaded onto a truck and transferred by public road. The last bit of transport to the warehouse (the last mile) is exceptionally short and very sustainable.

Making buildings more sustainable

At an early stage, most buildings at our SMART HUB have been fitted out with LED lighting and have solar panels on the roofs. We have also intensively looked at the various installations and the heat distribution in our warehouses. By involving the people on the work floor, we obtained a clear picture which working areas should have a comfortable temperature and which storage areas could do with a few degrees lower. Energy efficient heating panels have now been installed above the working places where people are stationary.

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Create sustainability awareness among staff

We continuously involve our employees in our effort to work as sustainable as possible. We inform them about the operation of the various installations and how to use these as optimally as possible. Good ideas and advice from our employees are incorporated in our work processes. By constantly making each other aware of how things can be done even more sustainably, everybody is closely involved in this important item.

Cooperation with partners

Over the years SMART HUB Logistics has created, with various companies in the immediate vicinity, a valuable and reliable cooperation partnership. This regularly enables us to offer our (new) customers additional services, enabling them to organise their supply chain more efficiently and more sustainably. An example: by advising a customer to move its comprehensive packing activities from the United Kingdom to our cooperation partner Werk- en ontwikkelingsbedrijf Weener XL, we reduced the customer’s costs, and his entire supply chain became more sustainable.

Bossche BouwHub

Together with our partner Van Boxtel Group we are developing the Bossche BouwHub (a logistics hub for building construction materials) at the industrial area De Rietvelden in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The materials of the various suppliers are consolidated at this hub and subsequently transported together to a construction site in the inner city.

This ensures, amongst other, fewer vehicle movements to and from the centre of town, less CO2 and nitrogen emissions and fewer negative effects on the surroundings.

There are storage facilities for all kinds of materials: from structural materials to delicate finishing materials. We can store these materials both inside and outside.

Local energy hub

Together with our partner and neighbour BCTN Container Terminal we are currently developing a local energy hub on the joint premises of our companies in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

The first phase of this local energy hub is aimed at charging batteries for the inland vessels. These 20ft battery containers are charged using sustainably generated energy. We expect this to be operational early 2024. In the more distant future this local energy hub will also have sufficient capacity for charging other vehicles.

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At SMART HUB Logistics we are always looking for ways to work together in a sustainable way. Locally, nationally, or internationally, together we can make the world a better place.

Bossche BouwHub

Bossche BouwHub

At the Rietvelden industrial estate, on the edge of ’s-Hertogenbosch’ city centre, SMART HUB Logistics...

Local Energy Hub

Local Energy Hub

Together with inland container terminal BCTN, SMART HUB Logistics is developing a local energy hub...

SMART HUB Tanzania

SMART HUB Tanzania

In May 2021, our subsidiary Tradex Corporation received a government grant from the RVO (Netherlands...

Dubai Global Connect

Dubai Global Connect

In late 2022, SMART HUB Logistics signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dubai Global...

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