Environment (ESG)

Environmental impacts and ambition

We have been family owned at KNP Logistics since 1865 and are profoundly aware of the environmental impacts of the logistics industry. The industry faces a huge test to decarbonise, and we are up for the challenge that faces us all.

We appreciate, much like the logistics industry, the solutions being developed to help climate change are moving rapidly as we approach the UK’s 2050 net zero targets. We are committed to continually reviewing and changing to make sure we meet our sustainability and our customers’ sustainability targets

Driving environmental change

  • Continuous fleet renewal policy
  • Aerodynamics
  • Electric vehicles
  • Driver management
  • Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO
  • Longer Semi Trailer (LST) trial
  • LED Lighting
  • Rainwater vehicle wash

Environment (ESG)

Continuous fleet renewal policy

Continuous Fleet Renewal Policy – With every regulation change in vehicle manufacturing that improves product emission levels – we move forwards. Over 98% of our current fleet of 400 HGVs are Euro VI . The remaining 1.7% of Euro V vehicles are planned to be replaced by new Euro VI engine vehicles. This limits our impact we have on the air quality of the areas we deliver to, reducing Nitrous Oxide (NOX) and Particulate (PM) emissions.

Current initiatives:

  • 98% of fleet are Euro VI standard
  • Remaining 1.7% fleet are planned to be replaced with Euro VI vehicles

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Over 95% of the company emissions are related to the diesel burnt in the Heavy Goods Vehicles. All methods of improving our fuel consumption of our latest engine technology ICEs, contribute directly to reducing our emissions, and it is paramount that we explore all options. Drag, caused by the aerodynamic properties of the vehicles, creates air resistance meaning more fuel is burnt per mile.

At KNP we use multiple methods of improving the aerodynamics of our HGVs and trailers to ensure we are minimising emissions where possible. All new trailers are fitted with rear roof air diffusers, rounded underrun bars, and filled side underrun protective bars. And all new tractor units are fitted with the OEM standard aerodynamic kits, and matched up to appropriate height trailers for the spoiler.


Current initiatives:

  • Aerodynamics:
  • Rear roof air diffusers
  • Rounded underrun bars
  • Filled side underrun protective bars
  • OEM Standard aerodynamic kits

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Electric vehicles

We believe that EVs have a part to play across different parts of our business, to reduce our emissions and our energy usage.

We currently have an electric only new company car policy, replacing diesel and petrol vehicles when possible.

We have our first Electric Van used by our facilities team, with plans being put in place to electrify our current van distribution operation. Each mile done with an EV van as opposed to a standard diesel releases 3 times less emissions on the road at the Grid’s current carbon intensity.

Current initiatives:

  • Electric only new company car policy
  • Electric van – Facilities team
  • EV charging point Kettering HQ
  • Electric HGV trials

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Driver management

Using telematics derived information, we have a team of driver trainers circling our depots, to assist with lower scoring drivers to help them improve.

Our initiative aim is to firstly make sure our drivers are as safe as possible on the roads. Secondly, smoother driving improves fuel efficiency, reducing our overall emissions.

Current initiatives:

  • Telematics derived information from every vehicle on the road
  • Environmental and safety related factors
  • Team of driver trainers continually improving driver skills across the group

Environment (ESG)

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) Biodiesel

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) Biodiesel – for every litre of HVO Biodiesel used in a HGV, up to 95% of the emissions are reduced in combustion. HVO Biodiesel is made from waste materials in the food chain, such as plant waste. This drives a much more circular economy than traditional fuels using waste as a primary raw material source. KNP Logistics Group have been deploying HVO Biodiesel as an emission reducing initiative with several contract logistics clients. Following this successful implementation, KNP Logistics Group is gearing up to use HVO Biodiesel in our Luton depot for deliveries in and around London, where reducing emissions and improving air quality can have a real, tangible impact.

Current initiatives:
Biodiesel used in HGV reduces up to 95% of emissions per litre

  • Bio diesel fleet deployed to contract logistics customers
  • Initiative to use Biodiesel at KNP Luton Logistics HQ for London distribution

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Longer semi trailer (LST) trial

Longer Semi Trailer (LST) Trial – from 2014, KNP Logistics Group has been part of the LST Trial utilising a fleet of 40 LSTs for trunking operations. The LST trial allows for trailers 15% longer up to 15.65m long, allowing up to 4 pallets on a single deck trailer and 8 pallets on a double deck trailer. On average, an LST in use removes 1 in 12 journeys due to the extra space for freight, meaning fewer miles required, and reduced emissions. The trial across the UK has saved over 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Other initiatives:
LED Lighting – Wherever we can be more efficient, KNP Logistics Group tries to make a difference. We are in transition of ensuring all our Warehouses have sensor LED lighting. Target is Q4 2023 for the complete upgrade. Our Fareham and Luton warehouses have already been fitted

Truck Wash – In the main site at Kettering, the truck wash has been using recycled rain water since 2016. This allows KNP to reduce the amount of water required, reducing our water footprint

Meet sustainability

Rolf B – Sustainability Manager

Worked with KNP since he was 4, curently undertaking a Sustainability MSC at Cranfield whilst heading up the sustainability team

Meet process improvement

Dominic B – Process Improvement Manager

Dom joined us in 2012 as an EU CS Apprentice. After completeing his Business and Chartered Management BA at De Montfort University he now heads up process improvement within the sustainbility team