Hürth | 15.01.2014

TALKE obtains DIN EN 16258 certificate

  • Transport-related carbon emissions now also to be calculated according to European DIN EN 16258 standard
  • TALKE certified as one of the first businesses in the Cologne area Hürth, 15th January 2014.

As one of the first companies in the Cologne economic area, transport service provider ALFRED TALKE Logistic Services has been certified under the DIN EN 16258 standard by auditor TÜV Rheinland. The standard, which was introduced in 2013, allows companies to calculate the carbon emissions related to their transport services according to an EU-wide standard.

"Documenting carbon emissions per transport will become mandatory in the EU over the next few years," Group Managing Director Alfred Talke is convinced. "France is a pioneer in this field: since October 2013, the CO2 emissions related to a transport have to be documented. We expect more countries to follow suit over the medium term, so we have decided to introduce the European standard, which applies across industries, as an additional measure."

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brauckmann, member of TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz e.V.'s board of directors, also appreciates the transparency that the new standard offers. "The large number of different methods to calculate transport-related CO2 emissions lead to customers feeling confused rather than informed. With the EU standard, which provides a structure and level of certainty for carbon emission calculations, companies can publish comparable figures."

Ever since its foundation in 1947, TALKE has been committed to running its business sustainably. The logistics service provider for the chemical and petrochemical industries makes efficient use of resources, takes measures to reduce waste and makes sure it reaches its own environment protection goals. For instance, the family-run business has assessed its carbon footprint applying the European Chemical Transport Association's (ECTA) standard regularly since 2009 - proving that it has reduced its fleet's average CO2 emissions by 9.5 percent between 2010 and 2011. The company is also a member of the Responsible Care programme. It was one of the first logistics providers to join the initiative in 2009. In 2013, TALKE cooperated with special chemicals manufacturer LANXESS in a long-term study to establish the savings potential of "green" tires with reduced rolling resistance.

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Image: Handover of DIN EN 16258 certificate (fltr.): TALKE Group Managing Director Alfred Talke and Armin Talke jr. with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brauckmann, board member of TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz e.V. - Jpg, 1.2 MB