Girteka Logistics joins other ECTA members in a call to decarbonize road freight

2021-04-29

Girteka Logistics joins other European Clean Trucking Alliance (ECTA) members, including DHL, IKEA, Nestle, Unilever, and other alliance partners to urge the European Commission (EC) to be more ambitious in its plans to decarbonize road freight in the European Union (EU).

Ahead of the presentation of the ‘Fit-for-55 Package’ in June 2021, Girteka Logistics and other ECTA members plead for the EC to be more ambitious in its plans to transition road transport to become emission-free.

As truck makers and other road transportation participants have made pledges and set targets to utilize more environmentally friendly vehicles, including zero-emission trucks, the infrastructure to support the operation of green vehicles is still lagging. Thus, as the presentation date of the ‘Fit-for-55 Package’ is coming, this is the perfect opportunity to address the imperfect charging and refueling infrastructure across the European Union.

The legislative package is likely to shape the future of road transport in Europe, as the EC is expected to review the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (AFID), TEN-T and TEN-E regulations, the Energy Taxation Directive, and CO2 emission performance standards.

“Proper infrastructure is a vital component of a fleet of zero-emission trucks and we need to address that before road transport is able to fully transition to become an emission-free industry,” says Edvardas Liachovičius, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Girteka Logistics.

Despite the fact that Girteka Logistics operates Euro 6 diesel engine standard-equipped trucks, which are currently the most efficient and environmentally-friendly engines available, the company has indicated that replacing its current fleet with zero-emission vehicles is a must.

Girteka Logistics and other ECTA members highlight that the core TEN-T network corridors should become zero-emission freight corridors by ensuring adequate charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure across the network that aims to strengthen economical, social, and territorial cohesion across the EU.

“We have showcased our commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals, releasing yearly Corporate Social Responsibility reports of the work we have done over the year since 2015. Despite a challenging year in 2020, we have continued to fulfill our promise to improve the safety and well-being of our community,” comments Liachovičius. “The company joining the European Clean Trucking Alliance (ECTA) in July 2020 was just another sign of our commitment to improving the community that surrounds us, as we urge the European Commission to act more aggressively,” he adds.