One of the Scania trucks used to cut CO2 emissions in the transport chain for McDonald’s in Europe. Picture: SCANIA
One of the Scania trucks used to cut CO2 emissions in the transport chain for McDonald’s in Europe. Picture: SCANIA

By collaborating in sustainable transport and logistics solutions, European transport operator Havi and Scania say they are actively addressing global climate goals.

Beginning in the third quarter of 2017, the two companies will start to implement a five-year roadmap aimed at making a significant carbon footprint reduction in transport operations to and from McDonald’s fast food restaurants in several European countries utilising Scania’s trucks and operating solutions.

The aim is to significantly reduce diesel powered vehicles and shift about 70% of Havi’s total truck fleet to alternative fuels, for example, gas and hybrid models, by 2021 within several European countries.

The CO2 emissions in deliveries by Havi to McDonald’s restaurants utilising Scania trucks will be continuously monitored in real time, bringing existing fleet connectivity to the next level according to Scania. The company says this transformation of the fleet is expected to lead to CO2 reductions ranging from 15% to 40% for every kilometre driven, depending on route, fuel and traffic conditions.

Innovation

"Innovation is absolutely critical to our sustainability journey and to use our scale for good. Our work with companies such as Havi and Scania takes a proactive approach to finding and implementing more sustainable supply chain solutions and contributes to our global supply chain and sustainability strategy," says Chris Yong, global logistics director at McDonald’s.

"Leaders in business have a responsibility to drive change. In this partnership we are setting a new standard for urban deliveries. We are not only discussing plans, but actually implementing measures here and now, to benefit the communities where we operate," says Haluk Ilkdemirci, president, logistics at Havi.

"Undeniably, we see demand for sustainable transport solutions growing. This is an example of the kind of smart partnerships through which we can be more innovative and together accelerate the shift towards a sustainable transport system," says Henrik Henriksson, president and CEO at Scania

The gas and hybrid trucks are designed to generate close to zero air pollution and reduce carbon emissions in cities. The trucks are significantly quietier and, along with the low-noise cooling equipment, will help lower the impact of the deliveries made in city centres and elsewhere say the companies involved in the project.

Recycling

Additionally, Havi and Scania are developing a truck with special equipment to collect waste such as used cooking oil, plastic materials and cardboard from restaurants for recycling.

This will help drive increased recycling while reducing the transport of normal waste collections, reducing unnecessary additional kilometres and therefore further reducing CO2.

The collaboration will initially focus on Europe while similar approaches are also being explored for Asia, although there are no plans to implement similar technology here in SA, at least not for now.

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