GLS, one of the main express couriers in Italy, updates its fleet with a greater focus on environmental sustainability. Thanks to its partnership with IVECO, 120 new IVECO S-WAY LNG and bio-LNG powered vehicles will join its fleet. This initiative is part of GLS’s broader Climate Protect Project, which aims to offset 100% of the emissions it produces by 2022 through certified offset programs and significantly reduce emissions by 2025 by using eco-friendly transportation systems.
The new NGVs – which will replace a diesel vehicle fleet made up of 70% Euro VI vehicles and 30% Euro V vehicles – will have a significantly positive impact on the environment: using fossil methane will result in a reduction of CO2 amounting to -7,300 tons, which would be equivalent to replacing 745 diesel vehicles with electric ones powered by 100% renewable energy, or planting 146,000 trees covering an area comparable to 487 football fields. With biomethane, this value increases exponentially, achieving a CO2 reduction of -78,000 tons, which is the equivalent of 8,000 fewer cars or 1.5 million trees planted occupying an area equivalent to more than 5,000 football fields.
“This ambitious new project with IVECO is part of our broader strategy to ensure at least 20-25% of our fleet is equipped with low environmental impact traction by 2022 and 45-50% by 2025,” said Klaus Schaedle, Group Area Managing Director at GLS. “We believe that bio-LNG technology can have a profound impact in our industry by helping to reduce emissions by up to 95%, and for this reason we are moving quickly and with determination in this direction with IVECO’s support.”
Fabrizio Buffa, IVECO Italy Market Alternative Propulsions Manager, also commented “The commitment of GLS’s supply chain is a strong testimony to the historical change that the transport sector is currently undergoing, which is increasingly virtuous and sustainable. We are honored to partner GLS in their mission. Biomethane has both environmental and economic advantages, it can be produced locally through a process that generates valuable by-products, such as bio-CO2 which can be reused in the food industry and biofertilizer which can be used in the agricultural sector. IVECO vehicles powered by biomethane are therefore the solution of the present for the future of our planet.”