In the context of global emphasis on environmental sustainability, the logistics sector has a pivotal role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Being responsible for 77% of the total transport emissions within the European Union (EU), road transport is one of the main areas to be addressed in terms of decarbonizing Europe. It is a substantial undertaking, marked by challenges in infrastructure development and business goal alignment with broader environmental targets. However, there are examples of how businesses can meet EU regulations on GHG reduction by utilizing battery-electric trucks in their daily operations.
Scandinavia: The Vanguards of Sustainability
One of the most relevant examples is Scandinavia. This part of Europe is a bastion of sustainability, advancing from discussions to decisive actions. Norway is leading the green transformation in transport: almost 80% of new passenger cars sold there in 2022 were battery-electric. The next step is clear – electrifying heavy goods transportation. And this is where Girteka Group is providing solutions for one of their Scandinavian customers.
Girteka Group: Bridging Theory and Practice
Girteka Group has successfully implemented green transport into its business. Through one of its companies the Group is delivering heavy goods transportation services using battery electric vehicles (BEVs) provided by Volvo. This initiative is aimed at decarbonizing customer’s supply chains.
The solution is simple – to enhance the sustainability of logistics operations by replacing existing diesel trucks with BEV technology. Currently, it is one of the most realistic ways to reduce a transportation company’s environmental footprint without compromising on affordability and profitability for all parties involved.
At the core of this project is a straightforward and innovative strategy: combining BEVs with intermodal transportation. The transportation services delivered by Girteka Group will be located in the Trondheim area in Norway. The service will conduct 150 km daily to maintain a steady flow of goods. This approach showcases a practical commitment to reducing environmental impact while maintaining efficiency.
“Balancing customer demands with our focus on sustainable transportation is a complex challenge, but it’s one we’re tackling head-on. Finding practical solutions allows us to maintain operational excellence while making strides in decarbonization,” says Jens Romer Sode, CEO of Girteka Nordic, part of Girteka Group.
Intermodality and BEV: Crafting a Greener Future
Utilizing intermodal transport strategies in tandem with BEV technology facilitates a significant reduction in emissions compared to traditional logistics solutions that are reliant on diesel trucks.
This approach not only maintains but aims to enhance the quality of services offered to clients by leveraging the strengths of various transport modes to ensure timely deliveries.
Consequently, this strategy fosters an environment where businesses can meet their logistical needs while actively reducing their carbon footprint. It demonstrates that efficiency and sustainability can effectively coexist in a modern logistics framework.