Sustainability and the efficient management of resources are top of mind in the logistics sector as operators increasingly look to reduce their environmental footprint and comply with ever-more stringent EU regulations.
Joining forces to promote cleaner road mobility across Europe and the benefits of natural gas, sister Companies CNH Industrial and FCA brought over 30 of Europe’s principle logistics and automotive transporters together on November 6 in Ulm, Germany, the heavy trucks centre of excellence for CNH Industrial’s commercial vehicles brand IVECO. The day saw presentations from Peter Weiss, Head of EMEA Supply Chain Management & Global Supply Chain Coordination at FCA, Dror Noach, Vice President Global Logistics at CNH Industrial and Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President.
“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 during his address in which he illustrated how FCA is improving transport efficiencies with savings of over 5,000 tons of CO2 per year. The Company’s on-road inbound and outbound operations see 2,500 truck movements per day in Europe between 15 of FCA’s plants to 28 destination countries.
“Together with our logistics partners, we adopted Sustainable Logistics Principles, applying all methodologies to reduce the impact of freight and vehicle movement though the optimisation of modes and logistics flows, as well as the adoption of low-emission transport vehicles,” he explained, describing how the Company 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: “We think that the extended application of this technology will ensure FCA’s network competitiveness and our emission footprint reduction.”
“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 while presenting CNH Industrial’s shift from Diesel to LNG throughout its logistics flow perimeter in Europe, consisting of a network of 34 production plants and 10 depots. This strategy aims to achieve an 18% reduction in CO2 kilogrammes 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. Further implementation in 2018 foresees further savings of around 650 tons of CO2.