Sustainability at Linde

sustainability_icon More than just a Green Image

Sustainability means more than just a green logo or a comprehensive sustainability report. At Linde Material Handling, the term stands for much more, namely, a targeted sustainability strategy that has a positive impact on the environment, our customers and employees. We create lasting value by integrating environmental and social objectives into our business processes and activities.

What does Sustainability mean at Linde?

Since 2012, we have been working on a systematic and comprehensive sustainability strategy to address the following developments facing Linde and its stakeholders:

  • Climate change and scarcity of resources
  • The protection of human rights
  • Health and demographic change
  • Ensuring diversity and equal opportunities
  • Urbanisation

Learn more about sustainability at the KION Group here.

Strategy and Corporate Governance

Winning EcoVadis Gold Status

As a supplier, Linde has been regularly tested and certified by the independent service provider EcoVadis since 2012.

In 2020, Linde achieved an above-average score in the peer group of companies rated Gold. The analysis system on which the review is based, comprises of 21 criteria from the four thematic areas of environment, fair labor practices, ethics and fair business practices, as well as the supply chain.


Environmental Protection

Linde's sustainable orientation is reflected in our environmentally friendly and safe products — they help our customers save energy, reduce emissions and ensure high occupational safety standards.

At the operational level, we’ve set ambitious targets for environmentally friendly production and a safe working environment. To this end, we’ve introduced a comprehensive Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) management system.

Our Products

A focus on efficient and safe technologies

The concept of sustainability has been inherent in our products from the very beginning, and we are continuously working on improving the environmental properties of our material handling equipment. This mainly translates into the reduction of emissions from diesel and LPG forklifts, as well as producing high-performance electric forklifts with low energy consumption, and the development of alternative drives.

Product development also focuses on who is driving the machine. Linde's ergonomic philosophy means that the machine is literally built around the human. All operating elements are adapted to the working requirements of the operator, and can be controlled intuitively. Active and passive safety systems reduce the risk of accidents, and help to protect the health of all within the vicinity of the machine.

How Environmentally Friendly are Forklifts and other Material Handling Equipment?

Linde customers who wish to evaluate and optimise their own environmental performance receive reliable data for assessing environmental friendliness. In a complex process, Linde and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) have developed their own life cycle assessment method, and evaluated the main product types from pallet trucks to combustion forklifts. Both the methodology and the seven product life cycle assessments are certified by TÜV Rheinland.

Balancing is carried out in four steps:

  1. Definition of the objective and scope of the study
  2. Preparation of the Life Cycle Inventory
  3. Impact assessment
  4. Interpretation of the results

The Life Cycle Inventory records all incoming and outgoing material and energy flows, as well as the resulting emissions of the entire process chain.

Through other services such as used and rental trucks, Linde has developed a cycle in which products and services interact and complement each other. As a result, used vehicles can be re-used and new purchases from new and existing customers can be encouraged.