Nestlé has today joined other partners in founding the European Clean Trucking Alliance. This unique coalition brings together NGOs, shippers, logistics and consumer goods companies. Together they share the goal of accelerating the decarbonization of road freight transport in the EU.
As European countries seek to recover from COVID-19, Nestlé and the other members of this Alliance urge governments to invest in and speed up the shift towards greener transport. Further reducing CO2 and air pollution from road transport will help achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal and make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent.
Paul Lammers, Head of Supply Chain for Nestlé Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa said: "We are proud to be one of the founding members of the European Clean Trucking Alliance. Improving the efficiency of our transport and distribution is crucial if we want to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Since 2014, we have reduced our CO2 emissions in logistics by more than 10% in Europe. Having more zero-emission trucks and the required infrastructure will help accelerate this move."
Nestlé is already on the road to a net zero emissions future. In September 2019, the company announced its ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.. Nestlé will soon publish a plan consistent with this aim, including interim targets.
Some of specific actions to improve Nestlé's transport and distribution operations include:
- The recent opening of the European Transportation Planning Hub helps to manage all of Nestlé’s cross-border transportation in Europe in a more efficient way. It is helping the company to better optimize precious transportation resources, better filling trucks and linking journeys to reduce empty kilometres driven.
- Where possible, Nestlé is moving transport off the road to use alternative mode of transportation. In France, for instance the company has cut the equivalent of 27000 truck trips per year by moving the transport of its water brands Perrier to electric train.
- The acceleration towards alternative fuels and electric trucks where solutions are already available. In Italy, Nestlé has been jointly working with its transport partners to use Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) trucks. The company also continues to work closely with the industry on the deployment of electric truck technology particularly for short journeys. This will soon be the case for some parts of Nestlé’s transport operations in Europe.