Nestle’s Trucks in UK Switch to Renewable Energy

Highlights :

  • Nestle has switched 75% of its owned fleet of trucks from diesel to Bio-LNG, a liquefied gas which is a by-product of waste.
  • In the next two years, the remaining fleet of Nestle trucks at the end of their commercial life will be replaced with trucks using alternative fuels to diesel.

Nestle has revealed that its food and drink products will now be delivered around the UK and Ireland by trucks which emit up to 95% less carbon. Nestle has switched 75% of its owned fleet of trucks from diesel to Bio-LNG, a liquefied gas which is a by-product of waste. Nestle says that the move is a significant step towards commitment of Nestle to be net zero by 2050.

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Nestle informed that the company has been exploring solutions to reduce its carbon emissions in its transport and logistics network since 2017. Nestle chose to switch to Bio-LNG fuel as it is a renewable source of energy. This fuel conversion project has taken several years to get on the road due to the complex nature of the delivery network and the journey to this interim milestone has been challenging.

Sally Wright, Head of Delivery at Nestle UK and Ireland, said, “Running a network to ensure goods are transported around the country in a timely and efficient manner, while reducing our carbon footprint is a complicated task. Considerations such as the refueling facilities of Bio-LNG, the weight of the goods the truck carry and the range restrictions of alternate fuels, has meant that every step of the journey needs to be meticulously planned.”

Wright further stated, “We’ve worked with a number of partners in order to make the change and collaboration has been key. We wouldn’t have been able to get these trucks on the road without industry collaboration.”

Nestle also held that its logistics team is currently working with haulage partners as they transition to alternative fuels. Another specific initiative sees Nestlé working collaboratively with customers and other manufacturers to increase the amount of product on each vehicle. Maximising each truck’s delivery capacity will ultimately reduce the number of vehicles on the road and subsequently shrink the company’s carbon footprint.

Nestle said that over the next two years, the remaining fleet of Nestle owned trucks at the end of their commercial life will be replaced with trucks using alternative fuels to diesel.

Wright informed, “I am extremely pleased we have been able to make this transition and reveal the new, more sustainable trucks now and look forward even more of them of the road in the near future. I am really proud of the Logistics’ team’s efforts over the last few years to make this happen and would like to thank everyone involved.”

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