In view of rising production capacity, Gruppo Sanpellegrino (Italian division of Nestle Waters) and its logistics partner Koiné initiated discussions with Scania on finding a more sustainable solution. Now, with the delivery of Scania R 410 LNG trucks, all of Sanpellegrino’s shuttle transports from the mineral water bottling plant at San Pellegrino Terme to its logistics center at Madone are operated on natural gas.
According to the group, the introduction of natural gas trucks forms a part of its sustainability agenda, which helped cut water consumption by 200,000 cubic meters and switched electricity supply to fully renewable. “These LNG trucks constitute an important element in ensuring the continued development of our operations,” said Maura Sartore, Head of Supply Chain South Europe, Nestlé Waters.
“The delivery with natural gas vehicles to Sanpellegrino with Koiné once again highlights the importance of pursuing a novel approach in addressing sustainability and acting together to speed up the transition to a sustainable transport system,” commented Franco Fenoglio, Managing Director of Italscania.
Koiné has in total taken delivery of 50 Scania R 410 LNG trucks, most of which will be used in operations for Sanpellegrino. Interest in using LNG in heavy trucks in Italy is rapidly rising and there are presently 39 LNG filling stations for in the country with an additional 25 stations under way.
In addition to annual carbon savings of 500 tons, the natural gas engines offer a substantial noise reduction in comparison with diesel engines. Since the company schedules transports during nights to avoid traffic congestion on route to Madone, 35 km from the springs, this has been a major consideration.
“Sanpellegrino is a major employer here and our residents are happy with the fact they are expanding operations and generating more employment,” added Mayor Giuliano Ghisalberi, Zogno Municipality. “At the same time, there has been concern about increased traffic, noise and pollution. We are therefore extremely pleased with the introduction of natural gas trucks.”