Blum Sustainability Report 2022

35 Sustainable transpor t routes from Austria to the rest of world : how our logistics teams are working day in, day out to reduce our ecological footprint . Blum fit tings usually have to travel long distances before they can do their job of providing ma ximum convenience in furniture worldwide. Ever y year, several thousand transpor t units travel from Vorarlberg to 125 countries around the globe. We make these journeys as climate - friendly as possible by using trains, trucks and ships – and usually a combination of more than one. Whether a deliver y is transpor ted purely by road of rails hinges on several factors such as the rail infrastructure, the destination, the goods and the customer ’s preference. The transpor t logistics team has been shipping our fit tings via the greener rail route for many years. In fact, some freight makes the majorit y of its journey to places like Türkiye or China by train, and 90 % of sea containers reach the major European por ts of Rot terdam, Hamburg and Trieste by rail. These containers are loaded in our logistics centre in Dornbirn and transpor ted to the Blum railway shut tle with the help of a huge forklif t. They are then delivered to the terminal in Wolfur t via the direct rail connection and, from there, expor t trains transpor t our goods to customers and the por ts using environmentally - friendly international rail net works. Blum currently saves more than 69 tonnes of CO2 emissions through rail transpor t ( one - way ) . Working in collaboration with the freight transpor t company Rail Cargo from the Austrian railway net work, we have set ourselves t wo goals. The first is to increase our propor tion of rail transpor t to 50 % in the next few years, and the second is to massively reduce the distances travelled on European roads. Ever y year we already transpor t 5300 containers by rail instead of by road. Our fit tings love a good train journey Where road transpor t is currently the only viable option, we use Euro 6 trucks with double -deck loading to ensure the most ef ficient use of the trucks’ capacit y. In addition, once the deliveries are complete, we use a sophisticated round- trip concept for the return journey, which sees us working together with our shipping par tners to arrange for other goods to be transpor ted on the way back to eliminate empt y trips. Af ter all, treating our environment with care and respect is firmly anchored in the ethos of our family company. Ingmar Blum, Head of Transpor t Logistics Our main focus is very clearly on rail transport. Thanks to our own siding at plant 7 in Dornbirn, we were able to transport almost 37 % of our deliveries by rail in the 2021/2022 business year.