DHL and Ford to develop new electric drive vehicle with hydrogen technology

DHL Express, Ford and electric vehicle maker StreetScooter have announced their collaboration on a new electric delivery vehicle.
The new “H2 Panel Van” will become the first 4.25 tonne electric vehicle with an added fuel cell, which will provide additional power and enable a range up to 500 kilometres.

In a first step, DHL Express has ordered 100 of the fuel cell vehicles, with delivery expected from 2020 through 2021.

For Markus Reckling, CEO DHL Express Germany, the new van fits in to the Group’s larger environmental goals. “With the H2 Panel Van, DHL Express becomes the first express provider to use a larger number of electric vehicles with fuel cells for last-mile logistics. This underscores our aspiration to be not only the fastest and most reliable provider on the market, but also the most climate friendly,” he says.

“We firmly believe that fuel cells will play an increasing role in electric-powered transport, since they can give battery electric vehicles the kind of range that is so important for so many customers,” says Schmitt. “With the Panel Van, StreetScooter begins yet another chapter in its proud history of innovation and enters into a new growth phase,” Fabian Schmitt, Chief Technical Officer at StreetScooter GmbH said.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of its National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II).

Sea electric IKEA electric truck

IKEA deliveries to be all electric by 2025

All delivery and assembly vehicles at IKEA are to be electric by 2025 as part of the ambitious IKEA People and Planet Positive Strategy.
IKEA Australia has announced a commitment to use only electric vehicles for all of its operations and services by 2025, with the roll out starting immediately. In partnership with transport service providers, the roll out will see electric vehicles (EV) used for home deliveries and assembly services with a vision to create a better everyday life for many people.
IKEA will be the first home furnishing company in Australia to have EV last-mile deliveries and assembly services, emphasising its commitment to lower its carbon footprint and to be an industry leader in helping people and planet. The announcement is part of the business’s goal to work with local partners and customers to be Circular and Climate Positive.
Ingka Group is a member of The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative for accelerating the global shift to electric vehicles, and as part of its global EV strategy, by 2020 one quarter of all customer delivery vehicles will be electric, with the transition to electric vehicles complete by 2025. IKEA China has already achieved 100% EV deliveries in Shanghai.
In Australia, there are currently seven IKEA EV on the road, which are owned and operated by its service providers based in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Six of the EV fleet are currently responsible for last mile delivery.
A trial of the first of these EV, conducted since April 2018 across IKEA stores in Victoria, has seen a total of 3,500 deliveries to customers. IKEA aims to reach a 5% EV roll out in conjunction with its partners in FY19, 10% in FY20 and 100% in FY25. Based on the manufacturers’ specifications, one truck is estimated to save 36.3 metric tonnes of CO2 annually.
IKEA Australia country manager Jan Gardberg said: “At IKEA we want to drive positive change. That’s why we are committed to achieving zero emissions from delivery vehicles and ensuring 100% of our fleet will be electric vehicles.
“This is just one of the many initiatives and ambitions we have in place as part of our 2030 People and Planet Positive Strategy. Our end goal is to have a positive impact on people and the planet, and while IKEA is a large global organisation, we can’t do this alone. We’re excited to be partnering with many like-minded organisations in Australia and around the globe to help us create impact and drive positive change.”
The move has been welcomed by The Climate Group. Head of EV100 at The Climate Group Sandra Roling said: “As a member of our EV100 initiative, IKEA is leading the way in making the switch to electric transport. It is great to see the implementation of their global commitment to drive change around the world.
“Global consumer brands like IKEA have a crucial opportunity to inspire faster action on electric transport, while showing their customers the wider societal benefits it brings.
“We want to see many more companies in Australia follow IKEA’s lead.”
The EV strategy is part of IKEA’s wider Global People and Planet Positive Strategy. The strategy sets the direction for all IKEA franchisees and covers three focus areas:

  1. Healthy & Sustainable living – inspiring and enabling more than 1 billion people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet.
  2. Circular & Climate Positive – transforming into a circular business and becoming climate positive by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, reducing the climate footprint of IKEA products and operations in absolute terms.
  3. Fair and Equal – creating positive social impact for everyone across the IKEA value chain and in all areas of the IKEA business.

In addition to the EV vehicle rollout, the IKEA Global People and Planet Positive Strategy includes commitments to:

  • Removing all single-use plastic products from the IKEA range globally and from customer and co-worker restaurants in stores by 2020
  • Designing all IKEA products with new ‘circular economy’ principles, with the goal to only use renewable and recycled materials
  • Offering services that make it easier for people to bring home, care for and pass on products
  • Increasing the proportion of plant-based choices in the IKEA food offer, such as the veggie hot dog launching globally later this year
  • Becoming climate positive and reducing the total IKEA climate footprint by an average of 70% per product by working together with home furnishing suppliers across their factory operations
  • Achieving zero emission home deliveries by 2025
  • Expanding the offer of affordable home solar solutions from five IKEA markets to 29 IKEA markets by 2025.

Port of Cairns upgrade given environmental approval

The $120 million Port of Cairns upgrade is closer to completion following the Queensland Government’s approval of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick today announced the state’s independent Coordinator-General has approved the port upgrades with very stringent reef safeguards. The Port of Cairns $120 million upgrade is closer to completion due to the Queensland Government’s approval of the Environmental Impact Statement.
“The Ports North project will be a game-changer for the Far North Queensland tourism industry by allowing a significant increase in the size and number of cruise ships and other vessels that can berth in Cairns,” Dick said.
“Economic modelling suggests the project will deliver an $850 million boost to Far North Queensland tourism.
“The region will see the greatest benefit from passenger expenditure, port charges and associated supplies and servicing activity as the Cairns Shipping Development Project will allow for over 100 additional cruise ships to berth annually in the Port of Cairns by 2031.”
 
Dick said the Reef will be protected by a comprehensive set of conditions that Ports North must meet.
“In his evaluation report, the Coordinator-General evaluated all the possible environmental impacts and sets comprehensive conditions to manage potential impacts on Trinity Inlet within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and state marine park,” he added.
“They include managing marine water quality, plant clearing and activity in the state marine park.”
 

DHL CEO reveals growth strategy: people, planet and profit

Deutsche Post DHL CEO Frank Appel has revealed that his employee engagement strategy includes sharing purpose and doing good.
In an interview with The Financial Times, Appel explained that he measures three bottom lines at the helm of the global logistics company.
Alongside financial performance, he also measures employee satisfaction, through an annual company-wide survey, and environmental impact via a carbon efficiency index.
Appel noted that it is crucial that companies have, and employees fully understand, a clear purpose, both for engagement and growth.
“What drives people is not top-line growth,” he said. “Our purpose has to be very explicitly understood by every employee. The more it is understood the better the performance of the company.”
Appel explained that his experiences working at consultancy McKinsey earlier in his career showed him that the best companies were those where engaged employees were making the lives of customers easier, and engagement can be achieved by recognising workers’ core needs.
“We have three needs,” he said: love, hope and purpose. “If you treat them properly, humans are very similar.”
DHL’s social efforts include its research and development into green – electric and emissions-free – courier vehicles, and its Go Help initiative, which utilises DHL’s logistics expertise to respond to crises such as the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017.
“We cannot say, ‘Listen, our strategy is to make money and if we have time left then we’ll do something which is good for the society’,” he said. “Our job is to do something good for the society, and to do that, we have to make money – otherwise we can’t continue to invest.”

World’s first electric cargo ship used to haul coal

China has launched the world’s first all-electric cargo ship, though it is being used to haul coal, news site ThinkProgress reports.
China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International ship has a capacity of 2,200 tons and is designed for short-haul trips, with its 1,000 lithium batteries offering around 50 miles of travel on a two-hour charge. While loading and unloading at ports, the ship will charge ready for its next trip, news site ChinaNews.com reports.
State-run news site Global Times shared that the cargo ship is being used to transport coal for electricity generation on the Guangdong Province’s Pearl River, and it could in future be used for passenger travel, or “ro-ro” (roll-on/roll-off) voyages.
Chinese environmentalist Wang Yongchen told the Global Times: “This kind of ship takes into consideration the harmony between humans and nature and can protect water quality and marine life, and should be copied by other ships sailing on local rivers.”

Toll commended for warehouse energy efficiency

Toll Group’s custom-built Nike warehouse in Altona North, Melbourne, has been named Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project at the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2017.
The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise excellence in energy efficiency across Australia.
Toll won Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project for its recent upgrade to the Toll-Nike facility, which provides specialised warehousing, picking and dispatch solutions capable of handling more than 27,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) and two million units of stock.
The upgrade, completed in May 2017, included the rewiring and reprogramming of the facility’s 2.5km conveyor system and 145 electric motors and upgrading 1,300 light fittings to high-efficiency LEDs. The re-engineered and streamlined supply-chain processes reportedly removed waste and reduced energy use by 54 per cent.
“We see environmental sustainability as our corporate responsibility and we’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint,” said Mark Jones, Sustainability and Energy Manager, Toll Group. “Through Toll’s Smarter Green program we are introducing smarter, more sustainable solutions across all of our operations.
“Technology has advanced significantly since Toll and Nike embarked on our supply-chain partnership almost 20 years ago. We’ve been working closely with Nike to introduce ‘smarter green’ innovations and this award is a welcome tribute to our lean journey,” said Jones.
The 18,000m2 warehouse and fit-out include energy-efficient lighting systems that improve visibility and safety, translucent roof sheeting, roof insulation, and an optimised conveyor system.
Ian Black, Outbound Manager, Nike Pacific, said, “The change to LED lighting in our warehouse has been a great initiative and a real win-win situation. We have reduced our carbon footprint and our electricity costs while improving the quality of our lighting. We commend Toll for sourcing an effective, efficient solution and driving the result.”
Toll’s Jones added that plans to have the facility certified carbon neutral are now under way.
“As part of the certification process, Toll will look to have the facility certified under the National Carbon Offsets Scheme and rated by the Green Building Councils Green Star rating system,” said Jones. “We’re also keen to replicate the success of this project at other Toll-Nike locations in future.”

Kalmar unveils fully electric medium-range forklift

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched a new range of fully electric forklift trucks in the 9–18 ton range.
According to Kalmar, the electric forklift trucks offer the performance of a powerful diesel truck without the accompanying air emissions, noise and vibration, and with reduced operating costs.
The battery capacity of the forklifts reportedly enables them to operate for a full eight-hour shift, and Kalmar noted that they are future-proofed to operate with new lithium-ion battery technology.
“At Kalmar, we aim for zero emissions in our offering development across the board,” said Peter Ivarsson, Director – Forklift Trucks, Kalmar. “We’re proud to be the first leading manufacturer to offer a full range of electric forklift trucks with this level of lifting capacity. Our electric machines offer savings in terms of faster and simpler maintenance, making them a winning concept in the long run.”

Green achievements for US corrugated packaging industry

The US-based Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) has released a new corrugated industry life cycle assessment (LCA), showing the corrugated industry’s environmental progress, including a 35 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2006 and 2014.
The reduction was achieved through increased recovery of old corrugated containers (OCCs) and use of energy generated from renewable, carbon-neutral biomass and decreased overall use of fossil fuels.
“The LCA results demonstrate the efforts our mills and converting facilities are making to reduce the industry’s supply chain impact on the environment,” said Dennis Colley, Executive Director, CPA. “Sustainable forest procurement, along with the high old corrugated containers recovery rate provide for a well-balanced system of fibre and supports the sustainability of our industry’s products.”
The LCA examined the effects of a one kilogram industry-average corrugated product manufactured in 2014 on seven environmental impact indicators: global warming potential, eutrophication (run-off from land causing excessive richness in bodies of water), acidification, smog, ozone depletion, respiratory effects, fossil fuel depletion and four inventory indicators: water use, water consumption, renewable energy demand and non-renewable energy demand.
The recovery rate for OCC increased from 72 per cent to 89.5 per cent in the period studied – as more is recovered, less goes to landfill, thereby reducing methane emissions.

Infrastructure wins in Federal Budget

Australia’s associations and industry have welcomed the major support for Australian infrastructure in the 2017–18 Federal Budget.
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) commended the Government’s $8.4 billion support of Inland Rail,  commitments to construct the Western Sydney Airport and duplicate the Port Botany freight rail line and support of Infrastructure Australia.
“The Budget’s strong focus on infrastructure is timely, coming less than six months after the Federal Government agreed to ALC’s request to develop a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC. “We welcome the measures announced tonight as a positive first step in continuing efforts to deliver a safer, more efficient supply chain.”
Aurizon Managing Director and CEO Andrew Harding reported that he was pleased to see the Government commit to investing in freight rail infrastructure, adding that he believes Governments – at both the federal and state level – have key roles to play in implementing sound policy and regulatory frameworks to support a competitive rail industry.
“To improve the competitiveness of rail freight, the Inland Rail project and linked supply chains will need more than the correct design and construction, they will require major transport policy reform,” Harding said.
“Rail freight companies need to be able to compete on equal footing with other transport modes and allow rail to do more of the heavy-lifting in Australia’s freight transport task.”
Rail freight operator Pacific National and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) also spoke out in support of the Budget.
“More than thirty years since the ambitious rail link was first suggested, the 1,700km rail line is now well on track to become a reality following the $8.4 billion commitment in last night’s Federal Budget,” Pacific National said in a statement.
“Pacific National believes the Inland Rail project will be transformative for Australia, helping revitalise regional communities and providing a boost in national productivity that will deliver for generations to come.”

Danny Broad, CEO of the ARA, said, “Linking Victoria and regional NSW with Queensland will help get freight off the road and onto rail, address rising congestion in Sydney and will deliver thousands of jobs, many in regional Australia.”

Victorian Transport Association (VTA) CEO Peter Anderson welcomed the Inland Rail investment and other long-term infrastructure commitments.

“The $500 million allocated for Victorian regional rail is also welcome because it will give rural commuters additional travel options to consider, which is good for road freight because it will alleviate congestion on rural road networks,” said Anderson.
“We are also encouraged that the Budget considers a variety of perspectives that are integral to the freight task, other than infrastructure. For example investments earmarked to continue Black Spot, Roads to Recovery and other vital programs are critical for encouraging better driver safety, which is welcome news for operator and road safety in general.”
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) stated that it felt some of the money earmarked for the $8.4 billion Melbourne-to-Brisbane Inland Rail project could be better spent on investment in Australia’s coastal shipping sector.
“Port infrastructure already exists in Australia and coastal shipping leaves the lowest carbon footprint when it comes to moving goods around our coast,” said MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin.
“This package from the Government looks a lot like pork-barrelling by the Coalition to protect their inland seats through regional Victoria, NSW and Queensland as they desperately try to stave off the threat from One Nation and other parties.”

Inland Rail funding could be spent on shipping, says MUA

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has stated that it feels that some of the money earmarked for the $8.4 billion Melbourne-to-Brisbane Inland Rail project could be better spent on investment in Australia’s coastal shipping sector.
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said that while the MUA agrees Australia should be trying to get trucks off the roads, the sea offers the best alternative.
“Port infrastructure already exists in Australia and coastal shipping leaves the lowest carbon footprint when it comes to moving goods around our coast,” Crumlin said.
“This package from the Government looks a lot like pork-barrelling by the Coalition to protect their inland seats through regional Victoria, NSW and Queensland as they desperately try to stave off the threat from One Nation and other parties.”
“A strong domestic shipping fleet makes absolute sense from a national security, fuel security, and environmental standpoint,” Crumlin added.

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