In Spain, transportation is directly responsible for 27% of total emissions according to data from the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Source: MITECO, 2020). This is why more and more companies are committing to reducing CO2 emissions in their logistics activities and accelerating the transition to a sustainable logistics model.
Efficient driving, the use of new fuels, the centralization of logistics platforms, route planning are just some of the initiatives that companies are implementing to take a further step in the decarbonization of logistics and thus achieve sustainable logistics.
The following 7 companies have successfully implemented changes and measures to implement sustainable logistics and significantly reduce their carbon footprint.
Lidl has minimized its environmental impact and reduced its CO2 emissions by 30% in logistics by carrying out a process of optimizing logistics processes, such as direct supply from the supplier to the store and avoiding going through logistics platforms.
Thanks to the incorporation of new vehicles (gas vehicles, mega trucks, fleet renewal...). Eroski has managed in just four years (one less than the Lean & Green plan awards stars) to reduce its CO2 emissions by 25%. They are also working on increasing filling and reducing empty trips, as well as promoting the use of more energy-efficient equipment with a lower environmental impact.
Mahou San Miguel
The supply chain has been Mahou San Miguel main objective to reduce its CO2 emissions, applying co-sourcing or interchangeability to reduce its number of trips. It has also focused on route optimization, thanks to an intelligent fleet program, alternative fuels and ultra-light semi-trailers.
Port de Barcelona
Port de Barcelona was the first port in the world to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% in five years. To achieve this reduction, the Port has renewed its own fleet with 100% electric vehicles, public lighting has been converted to LED technology and Port de Barcelona has also switched to 100% renewable energy sources.
Logifruit, a logistics service provider specialized in the sanitization, management and rental of reusable packaging, has achieved a 20% reduction in its carbon footprint thanks to its logistics activity based on the circular economy. The circular economy is a model of production and consumption that involves sharing, renting, reusing, repairing, renewing and recycling existing materials and products as often as possible to create added value (europarl.europa.eu).
One goal for companies: to reduce supply chain emissions and move towards sustainable logistics.
Thanks to a plan based on improving transportation planning, reducing the average distance, using more efficient vehicles and opting for more sustainable means of transportation, Saica, a leading manufacturer of recycled paper for corrugated board, has reduced CO2 emissions in its supply chains by 20%.
Alimerka, the Spanish distribution company, has reduced its CO2 emissions by 20% thanks to the conversion of its fleet of trucks powered by Liquefied Natural Gas. The supermarket chain also has a large number of electric vans. In addition, Alimerka will reduce CO2 emissions by 1,000 tons per year thanks to the installation of 7,500 photovoltaic panels in its logistics center.
These companies, along with others, have achieved the first or second Lean & Green, a European initiative, coordinated in Spain by AECOC, in which member companies undertake to draw up an action plan to reduce polluting emissions in their logistics activities. Minimizing the environmental impact in all their activities is the objective of all of them in order to practice a good model of sustainable logistics.
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