Mercadona, a Spanish supermarket chain, together with its transport suppliers is planning to invest a further EUR 4m (USD 5.12m) in clean energies. As part of their efforts to foster sustainable transport and good air quality, the company is set to incorporate 40 natural gas-propelled lorries in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.
The new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-propelled lorries will join the 7 vehicles of these characteristics that have already been operating since 2017, and that came at an investment of €1 million. These investments are in line with the commitment both Mercadona and its transport suppliers have towards the environment, the aim being to achieve sustainability in their activities, which will in turn translate into optimising their transport and logistics fleet in order to reduce emissions and improve air quality in cities.
With this in mind, ECO-quality vehicles will gradually be incorporated to the fleet throughout the year; these will operate in urban centres featuring high densities of population and movement. They will contribute towards reducing the risk of exceeding the allowed NOx and suspended particle limits usually in place in this type of city.
This initiative comes in line with the ones already being implemented in vehicles regarding the so-called “last mile” of distribution in cities. To this end, the company already has 3 vans that are adapted to operate on dual-fuel (gas/diesel), and in 2018, it foresees using 3 vans that are 100% propelled by CNG (Compressed Natural Gas).
The investments carried out in the last few years have allowed for 92% of the company’s fleet to achieve category C of the DGT (Spanish General Directorate for Transportation), that is to say, vehicles that meet with standards Euro VI and Euro VI C, which are the most stringent in terms of emissions. These engines reduce harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
In addition to implementing fuels that are less polluting, Mercadona continues to develop its environmental sustainability strategy, optimising the cargo transported in its vehicles in order to maximise each trip, thus reducing the number of journeys, and in turn, the greenhouse effect gas emissions.
Source: Mercadona S.A.