As key players in the McDonald’s supply chain, HAVI Logistics Europe (HAVI) and Scania are responding to growing consumer demands for more sustainable transports. In Spain, the companies are accelerating the five-year roadmap that aims to cut CO2 emissions from the restaurant chain’s delivery vehicles.
McDonald’s logistics network transports food products more than 250 million miles every year and is committed to work with its suppliers and their partners to minimize the environmental footprint on its logistics activities.
HAVI Spain plans to add 14 gas-fueled vehicles to deliver product to McDonald’s restaurants from HAVI’s distribution centers in Madrid and Barcelona by the end of this year. Twelve of the vehicles will run on liquified natural gas (LNG) and two on compressed natural gas (CNG). Previously HAVI Spain had two CNG trucks making the new total 16 gas trucks.
The Natural Gas Advantage
The trucks are designed to generate virtually zero air pollution and significantly reduce carbon emissions in cities. LNG and CNG reduces carbon emissions by about 20 percent. With natural gas engines, the McDonald’s supply chain is also future-proof for liquified and compressed biogas (a renewable fuel – RNG) which can be blended into the natural gas or replace it entirely, enabling possible reductions of CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent*, once broadly available in the market.
Equipped with low-noise engine and cooling equipment, the trucks are also much quieter than conventional delivery vehicles, helping to further reduce the impact of urban deliveries. In Madrid, the vehicles will be fitted with special electrically-driven cooling equipment to cut carbon emissions and noise levels even further.
The HAVI-Scania greener fuels roadmap aligns directly with MOVALT, a Spanish government scheme that promotes the transition of road transport fleets to low-emission vehicles.
HAVI has joined forces with Scania to roll out a five-year roadmap towards significantly reducing the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of McDonald’s supply chain. In Spain, the two businesses are pushing the boundaries even further by accelerating the deployment of alternative fuel delivery vehicles.
Sebastián Figueroa, Managing Director, Scania Iberia: “This partnership is an example of how transport companies, logistic provider and trucks manufacturers can work together to lead the shift towards a sustainable transport system. It is encouraging to see more and more customers and customers’ customers demanding this type of solution.”
*Source: Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe)
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