At the International Weather and Climate Forum, Carrefour announced that it was rolling out 200 trucks running on biomethane for its deliveries in France’s main urban areas (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Lille) between now and 2017. Carrefour is so far the first French retailer to make a commitment of this scale to reducing the environmental impact of its deliveries and tackling waste.
The company has brought in an ambitious logistics and transportation policy in a bid to reduce its CO2 emissions, the aim being to achieve a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2009 and 2020. This new climate initiative will help Carrefour reduce the environmental impact of its deliveries by avoiding more than 20,000 tons of CO2 emissions between now and 2017.
Using biomethane-powered trucks is one solution to the major challenges in terms of climate change, public health and food wastage. This mode of delivery can reduce CO2 emissions by 90%, other pollutants by 80% and can completely eliminate fine particle emissions. Furthermore, these vehicles are in compliance with the PIEK standard which guarantees noise levels of under 65 dB – they cut down noise pollution by 50%.
Following successful tests over the last two years in Lille and then Paris, Carrefour has decided to extend this new mode of transport to France’s other major urban areas – Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille – starting in 2015. By the end of a three-year roll-out plan, Carrefour will have 200 biomethane trucks in circulation by 2017, supplying 250 of the retailer’s city-based stores in France.