Joining forces to promote cleaner road mobility across Europe, CNH Industrial and FCA co-hosted an event dedicated to European Logistics Transporters in Ulm, Germany, to discuss the benefits of LNG for the logistics sector and demonstrate positive examples from their own supply chain operations. The recently launched new IVECO Stralis NP 460, classed as the most sustainable heavy long-haul truck ever, was presented to the audience on the occasion.
“Supply Chain moves millions of automotive parts, materials and finished vehicles all over the world, this effort calls for rethinking traditional methods and implementing the most effective and efficient ways to achieve our targets,” said Peter Weiss, Head of EMEA Supply Chain Management & Global Supply Chain Coordination at FCA. The company, which counts close to 200 natural gas vehicles in operation, including those belonging to FCA’s i-Fast Automotive Logistics arm in Europe, is improving transport efficiencies with savings of over 5,000 tons of CO2 per year.
“Together with our logistics partners, we adopted Sustainable Logistics Principles, applying all methodologies to reduce the impact of freight and vehicle movement though the optimization of modes and logistics flows, as well as the adoption of low-emission transport vehicles,” he explained. FCA is increasing the use of alternative fuels, being the first to use IVECO Stralis NP 400 trucks in its fleet and also the first to perform international car transport in Europe using non-diesel trucks.
“As part of our logistics transportation strategy we are well on our way in converting our main inbound and outbound distribution lanes to LNG vehicles,” explained Dror Noach, Vice President Global Logistics at CNH Industrial. This strategy aims to achieve an 18% reduction in CO2 kilograms per ton of goods transported within 2022, compared with the levels recorded in 2014. The logistics flows where this has already been implemented in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom have seen savings of over 1,000 tons of CO2 per year.
IVECO was the first to acknowledge the potential of natural gas in the commercial transport industry, anticipating the recommendations put forth at the last G20 Energy 2016 summit held in Beijing, China. During that occasion, natural gas was recognized as a low-emitting fossil fuel which plays an important and effective role in the future of energy.
Source: CNH Industrial