Germany to subsidise electric trucks

Dr Lorenzo Grande, IDTechEx

The Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) has submitted a subsidy policy for environmentally friendly trucks, which has been published in the Federal Gazette at the beginning of June.
Both battery-powered and fuel cell-powered electric vehicles are eligible, as long as they are intended for goods transport. In addition, their gross vehicle weight must be at least 7.5 tonnes.
The subsidies amount to € 12,000 (approx. AUD 19,000) for e-trucks up to 12 tonnes and € 40,000 for e-trucks over 12 tonnes. Grants are limited to € 500,000 per company. In 2018, € 10 million will be available within the program. Initial applications can be submitted in July.
Trucks on the road are often 10+ years old, which means that most of those we see on the road do not yet comply with the newest emissions regulations. Even environmentally aware countries, like Germany, still have a negligible proportion of electric trucks and vans on its roads, while other places, like Italy, have a sizeable proportion of delivery vans powered by natural gas, which is less pollutant than diesel, but still a source of GHG.
Technology consulting company IDTechEx has recently published a new market report on electric trucks and vans titled “Electric Trucks and Delivery Vans 2018-2028”, which outlines all the main innovations being carried out in this space, as well as push and pull factors like growing diesel bans and lowering total cost of ownership for electric commercial vehicles. In an upcoming free webinar, senior analyst Dr Lorenzo Grande will give an overview on the opportunities and challenges related to the goods transportation industry, and how stakeholders can contribute to fleet electrification.

Brambles reports FY17 sustainability progress

Global supply-chain logistics company Brambles, which operates primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands, has published its Sustainability Review for the 2017 Financial Year.
Brambles operates a circular business model, specialising in the sharing and reuse of unit load equipment including more than 590 million pallets, crates and containers. In FY17, customers’ use of CHEP and IFCO platforms saved 1.6 million trees, 2.5 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions and 1.4 million metric tonnes of solid waste, the report stated. Transport collaboration projects with over 200 customers initiated by Brambles also removed 64.7 million empty truck kilometres from the world’s supply chains.
In FY17, 99.1 per cent of the timber used by CHEP came from certified sources, and Brambles also eliminated plastic waste and raw material costs by recycling 22,600 tonnes of end-of-life plastic materials into new CHEP plastic pallets and IFCO reusable plastic crates. Brambles operations also achieved a 7.8 per cent reduction in carbon emissions per unit and 14.3 per cent of the electricity it consumed came from renewable sources.
“This has been another fantastic year for sustainability at Brambles, in which we have continued our excellent progress towards our 2020 goals,” said Juan Jose Freijo, Head of Global Sustainability, Brambles. “These achievements are only possible thanks to the end-to-end collaboration between our employees and our customers worldwide.
“Our commitment to sustainability is at the very heart of everything we do. Through the successful combination of our circular, ‘share and reuse’ business model, global scale and supply chain expertise, we are able to reduce operating costs and demand for natural resources, both in our own company and across the world’s supply chains.”

Maersk cuts ship pollution

The Maersk Jewel.
The Maersk Group is reducing its impact on the climate with a drop of 9% in CO2 emissions in 2008 compared to the previous year. This represents a fall of 5 million tonnes CO2, achieved through lower fuel consumption on ships and reduced flaring from platforms.
The positive trend is continuing in 2009 in line with the group’s new environmental strategy, which was decided last year and now being implemented throughout the various business units.
The significant CO2 reduction is one of the main results in the “Health, Safety, Security and Environment Report 2008”, which the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group has published for the second consecutive year. The 2008 report contains a number of improvements, both when it comes to performance and reporting.
The group’s transport arm, dominated by the container business in Maersk Line, is responsible for more than 90% of the group’s fuel consumption. Because of optimised usage of energy, the transport segment had a drop of 8% in fuel consumption despite increased business activity.
These achievements come as a result of the group’s work with the new environmental strategy. By pursuing a high level of energy efficiency, the strategy works simultaneously to the benefit of the environment and the businesses, where this creates economic value and competitiveness.

Maersk reduces CO2 emissions in reefers

Maersk Line has come up with a way to significantly reduce the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of its refrigerated containers (reefers).

QUEST (Quality and Energy efficiency in Storage and Transport) software provides a new temperature control regime inside the container that allows it to cut the energy consumption used for cooling with up to 50% without impacting refrigeration reliability. Maersk Line estimates that QUEST will lead to CO2 emission reductions of 325,000 tonnes annually when fully implemented during 2008.

"While the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation is by sea, our aim is for continual improvement in our environmental performance. We are therefore particularly pleased to be able to start the use of QUEST. It marks a new milestone in our continuous effort to develop and implement ever cleaner and more fuel-efficient solutions", said Thomas Eskesen, senior director and responsible for reefer management at Maersk Line.

"Traditionally, we maintain a constant supply air temperature in the reefer container, a process that uses high amounts of energy. QUEST on the other hand focuses on the temperature of the transported commodity.

"With Quest, our customers and their commodities will benefit from all the usual features provided by our refrigeration solutions and in the same time we all benefit from lower energy consumption and reduced emissions", said Thomas Eskesen.

The solution is the result of a joint development project sponsored by the Dutch Government, and involved amongst others Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, and Maersk Line.

"QUEST is a good example of thinking outside the box. The solution is innovative and successfully challenges conventional wisdom. We are very pleased to have been part of the project and with the opportunity to apply scientific research into our business. We are confident that QUEST will reshape an important part of the container industry, benefiting both customers and the environment", said Thomas Eskesen.

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