Würth sales representatives test hydrogen vehicles for company fleet
Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG has decided to change its vehicle fleet over gradually to alternative fuel vehicles for sustainability reasons. To obtain some first-hand experience in this field, sales representatives will test Toyota Mirai hydrogen vehicles over a test period of three months.
The special qualities of hydrogen vehicles: When transforming hydrogen into electric power, hydrogen vehicles do not create any CO2 emissions or other harmful greenhouse gases. Water is the only by-product.
We want to test the potentials of alternative fuel engines, in order to create a more sustainable vehicle fleet. The vehicles’ mileage and practical advantages in our everyday operations will be important factors in these tests. Financial aspects do play role as well.
Infrastructure is another essential criterion: Currently, there are 126 hydrogen fueling stations in Germany that the sales reps selected for this test have easy access to.
Two vehicles were handed over to the sales reps at the company headquarters in Künzelsau-Gaisbach this Wednesday.
It is great to see that our sales representatives are willing to test these models. They will act as role models for all their co-workers.
Two Lexus UXE electric vehicles were also included in this test phase. The vehicles are provided by WELLERGRUPPE Holding SE & Co. KG, whose managing director, Burkhard Weller, is also a member of Würth’s Customer Advisory Board.
Changing over the company’s vehicle fleet to alternative fuel sources is just one of the measures Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG is taking to achieve its ambitious climate targets: The goal is to be carbon-neutral* at all German company sites by 2024. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG will further install photovoltaic systems to fully utilize its internal power generation potential and improve its energy efficiency, source only green energy and compensate for unavoidable CO² emissions.
*Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG measures and identifies the direct and indirect generation of greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol classifies a company’s direct and indirect emissions into three scopes:
- Scope 1: This scope includes all emissions from sources owned or controlled by a company, e.g. from its own establishments or vehicle fleet.
- Scope 2: This scope covers all indirect emissions from the generation and provision of purchased or acquired energy services from third parties. These energy services include electricity, heating and air conditioning technology consumed by the reporting company.
- Scope 3: This scope comprises those indirect emissions that occur through a company’s operations, but cannot be controlled directly by this company. Scope 3 includes emissions that occur in both upstream and downstream operations such as transport and distribution, commuting and business trips.
The carbon-neutral objectives of AW KG are based on direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions (Scope 2). While upstream and downstream emissions (Scope 3) will be analyzed and identified within the scope of the company’s carbon footprint analysis, but cannot be fully included in the company’s climate targets, as they cannot be controlled directly yet. Würth is working on achieving greater transparency, in order to make a positive contribution to the Paris Agreement through its holistic climate strategy at the parent company, but also in the Würth Group as a whole.
About Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG
Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG is the leading specialist for assembly and fastening materials for professional use. It is the largest individual company of the globally operating Würth Group. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG employs more than 7,400 people nationwide, generating sales of EUR 2.21 billion in fiscal year 2020.