European logistics service provider Vos Logistics, based in The Netherlands, has purchased two Iveco Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Ecocombi trucks to service its client Pipelife Netherlands SA, a plastics products manufacturer. Vos provides all transport operations for Pipelife’s domestic and international requirements.
Vos is focusing on the use of LNG whenever possible as a means to achieving cost efficiency and sustainability for the company and its clients. LNG makes a positive contribution due to its lower emission of hazardous substances such as NOx, SOx, particulates and greenhouse gases. Vos’s approached is evidenced by the company collaborating on the first LNG filling station in mainland north-west Europe in 2010.
Mark van Loon, Managing Director at Pipelife Benelux: “At Pipelife we are going to great lengths in order to be a trendsetter in the area of sustainability. We are always on the lookout for innovations in technology and plastics, while at the same time lowering our energy consumption when it comes to our processes.”
“Up until now there was the choice of either one of the two: employing an LNG truck or making use of the Ecocombi for transporting goods. This combination is quite innovative,” Roy van Tilburg, Manager Domestic Transport & Service Deliveries at Vos Logistics explains.
LNG trucks are responsible for a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 15% compared to diesel trucks. In addition, trucks running on LNG have been equipped to also run on liquefied biogas (LBG) where available, contributing to more sustainable energy consumption and a better living environment. The Ecocombi itself takes up to 60% more volume (145 m3) in one move.
“Combining the Ecocombi with LNG is a whole new level of engaging in sustainable transport. We are now moving plastic pipes and fittings this way, but of course this also has potential for a wide range of other product areas, such as construction and retail,” says Tilburg.
(Source: Vos Logistics)