Driven by its commitment to lead the way in reducing the environmental impact of supply chain operations, global logistics provider EV Cargo is operating the UK FMCG industry’s first all-electric, zero-emission HGV as part of a significant sustainability partnership with one of its key customers.
EV Cargo will today hit the road in the all-new DAF CF Electric tractor unit as it leads the way in reducing CO2 emissions associated with supply chain operations.
The truck will make deliveries for The Park, the independent, carbon-neutral business based in Bristol, which packages 25% of all wine sold in the UK. It currently ships six million bottles of wine per week to customers, including leading retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Aldi.
Its partnership with EV Cargo to use one of the UK’s first electric, zero-emission HGVs will reduce the company’s carbon footprint even further, saving 17,500 litres of diesel per year and 47,347 kg/CO2e, including 651 kg/N2O, among other air pollutants.
The DAF CF Electric 4×2 tractor unit being operated by The Park and EV Cargo is one of the first zero-emission trucks to enter the market. At the heart of the vehicle is a 210 kW (240 kW peak power) electric motor and the vehicle has a range of up to 250 kilometres (depending on the application, driving circumstances and load).
With smart journey planning and interim battery charging during loading and unloading, the vehicle can potentially be used in operation 24/7.
A core company value, sustainability features highly on EV Cargo’s agenda. As a signatory to the UN Global Compact with a commitment to its Sustainable Development Goals, EV Cargo has made incredible strides over the last 12 months to help decarbonise its operations – guided by a sustainability strategy built around three pillars: people, planet and profit.
Dr Virginia Alzina, EV Cargo Chief Sustainability Officer, said: “As longstanding logistics and supply chain partners, we’ve been working closely with The Park to introduce more sustainable practices within its distribution operations and today’s achievement marks a milestone for the industry. Sustainability is one of EV Cargo’s core values and we are continually looking at innovative ways to decarbonise supply chains to reduce both our, and our customers’, impact on the environment.
“Like many businesses we’re continually looking for more sustainable practices and we see today’s introduction of an electric, zero-emission truck as both a milestone and a marker of further changes to come across the industry.”
Richard Lloyd, General Manager at The Park comments: “At The Park, driving sustainability forward is at the core of our business. We lead the way in sustainable innovation in the wine industry and by further reducing our carbon footprint by introducing an electric HGV, we hope The Park will be a catalyst for change not just within the wine industry, but for all industries nationwide. As Europe’s largest wine packaging company, we recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure we play a substantial role in finding eco-solutions.”
Laurence Drake, Managing Director of DAF Trucks adds: “As a company, we are committed to developing transport solutions for our customers that can help them deliver on their environmental and sustainability objectives. Following the success of our zero-emission electric trucks launched last year, the new CF Electric being operated by The Park and EV Cargo is one of the first zero-emission HGVs to enter the market. Working alongside like-minded partners is driving the transport industry forward.”
Global logistics and technology business EV Cargo’s commitment to global sustainability gathered further momentum in 2021, with the company introducing a raft of environmentally targeted operational programmes and appointments over the course of the year.
As one of the company’s three core values, its drive for sustainability was bolstered with the appointment in March of Dr Virginia Alzina as chief sustainability officer, with responsibility for leading the environmental strategy and initiatives across the company.
Last year, Dr Alzina oversaw the development of a comprehensive decarbonisation roadmap, while a sustainability committee was established at executive board level, and more than 20 employees were given the role of sustainability champions across the business.
EV Cargo also became a signatory to a number of high-profile international agreements aimed at ensuring it is ambitious and in line with international sustainability frameworks and standards contributing to a sustainable future for the logistics industry.
These included the UN Global Compact, a pact to encourage businesses and firms worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation.
Dr Alzina said: “Sustainability is a core value and a cornerstone of EV Cargo’s operations, and the last 12 months have seen the company take major steps both internally and globally to reinforcing our stated commitment.
“At EV Cargo we understand that there is no time to lose, and we are putting the environment at the centre of our decision-making process. It is crucial that there is a global response to a global problem and setting ambitious targets in stone is a vital part of the efforts to avert a climate crisis.”
Following its announcement at the COP26 summit in Glasgow in October, which was attended by EV Cargo, the business endorsed the ambitious Global Memorandum of Understanding, which aims to achieve an interim goal of 30% of zero-emission new bus and truck vehicle purchases by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
The move marries with EV Cargo’s increased focus on environmental issues and to decarbonise its operations. It also committed to focus its efforts on seven of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, joined the UN Science Based Target initiative programme, the Arctic Pledge, and completed the UN Global Compact´s Climate Ambition Accelerator programme.
Other achievements in 2021 included the completion of the Target Gender Equality programme and delivery of diversity and inclusivity training to all senior managers.
On an operational level, EV Cargo received ISO 14001 accreditation, established systematic data capture on all material KPIs and reporting, and acquired the GLEC-approved EcoTransIT tool for measuring carbon footprint of all our cargo movements.
Global logistics and technology provider EV Cargo has endorsed an ambitious Global Memo of Understanding announced at COP26 to achieve an interim goal of 30% zero-emission new bus and truck vehicle sales by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2040.
The move marries with EV Cargo’s increased focus on environmental issues and to decarbonise its operations as part of the Science Based Target initiative commitments and UN Global Compact.
The first-ever global agreement on zero-emission trucks and buses aims to put net zero carbon emissions by 2050 within reach. The Global Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by 15 countries and a host of top manufacturers at the COP26 conference in Glasgow in a coordinated effort to reduce transport emissions, mitigate climate change, improve air quality, reduce the use of fossil fuels and cut energy costs.
It is the first time that a unified target, supported by both national governments and industry, has been put in place.
The transition to 100% zero-emission technologies for trucks and buses will require massive investments in battery and electric component manufacturing and charging infrastructure as well as cross-collaboration between countries and the public and private sector.
Virginia Alzina, EV Cargo’s chief sustainability officer, said she was delighted that industry and government were working together and that there was a recognition that investment in technology was the way forward for the logistics sector.
“No one in the logistics sector can do this alone,” she said. “It is crucial that there is a global response to a global problem and setting ambitious targets in stone is a vital part of the efforts to avert a climate crisis.
“At EV Cargo we understand that there is no time to lose. We recently committed to the UN Global Compact which ensures international businesses implement universal sustainability principles and take steps to support the sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations. We are putting the environment at the centre of our decision-making process.”
The MOU has been organised by CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program and the government of the Netherlands.
“For the first time we have a unified target, supported by leading governments and industry, for when new trucks and buses should fully transition to zero-emission technologies,” said Dr. Cristiano Façanha, CALSTART’s global director.
Dr. Virginia Alzina, EV Cargo’s Chief Sustainability Officer has successfully implemented a sustainability champions programme across EV Cargo to help achieve the company’s sustainability goals.
Meet your new sustainability champions:
Karen Leppard: National Quality Manager, Logistics
Ramona Nicola: Client manager, Global Forwarding
Sharlene Page: Implementation Manager SCM, Global Forwarding
Szabina Varga: APAC Account Manager, Technology
Andy Mitchell: Client Manager SCM, Global Forwarding
Shona Callow: EV Cargo Digital Marketing Executive
Baz Sherwin: Ethical Trade Manager, Global Forwarding
Cheryl Hughes-Bye: Integrated Management Systems Manager, Global Forwarding
Linda Wade: Senior Client Manager, Global Forwarding
Sarah Eason: Transport/Contract Manager, Logistics
Muriel Chandra: Legal Director, Global Forwarding
Interested in becoming a sustainability champion? Contact email@example.com
To help further contribute towards our business sustainability goals, we called upon all employees to make a pledge – making one small manageable change that will have a positive impact on our environment.
I pledge to reduce fuel use, switch to greener fuel, fly one less time, reduce waste and improve efficiency, I will achieve this by considering the environmental, social and economic impact of each business decision
I pledge to become more sustainable by adopting a plant-rich diet, saying no to single-use plastics and recycling
Set targets and clear path to become a net zero business by 2030 and promote diversity and inclusion
Sustainable transport (go electric) and adopt a more plant-rich diet (Meatless Mondays)
To reduce travel miles
To recycle and reuse as much as possible
To cycle to work more often
To grow own fruit and vegetables
To provide governance for the delivery of technology to measure and analyse our carbon footprint and to regularly use social media to positively promote EV Cargo sustainability agenda and credentials
To reduce single-use food packaging by at least 50% over the rest of the year
I will drive the HVO diesel project with our customers and implement more sustainable initiates like lithium ion batteries, LED motion sensitive lighting and rainwater harvesting at new EV Cargo Logistics sites
Continue to limit waste by recycling, growing fruit and vegetables and brewing our own hard apple cider so the fruit from our orchard doesn’t go to waste
To swap my diesel car for a hybrid alternative 12 months ahead of the end of my contract
To recycle and ensure we plan more sustainable journeys
To embrace technology that helps to reduce unnecessary travelling
Switch to more sustainable plant-based food products
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Chief Sustainability Officer Virginia Alzina has set out EV Cargo’s new vision for sustainability to mark Earth Day – a global call for world leaders, businesses and innovators to take concerted action to help the planet.
Virginia hosted a webinar to outline how EV Cargo can help to make a big, positive difference by taking simple measures to improve its sustainability. The company is working towards carbon neutrality and increasing its performance across a range of sustainability metrics. It is also looking for staff members to come forward as sustainability champions.
Virginia defined sustainability as “meeting our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs”.
And she said that becoming a more environmentally sustainable operation would bring huge knock-on benefits for EV Cargo.
The changes could help EV Cargo to:
EV Cargo is looking to become a signatory to the UN’s Global Compact, which is based around human rights, labour standards, environmental protections and anti-corruption measures, as its 10 guiding principles seem to be part of the company’s day-to-day operations already.
Virginia highlighted what other major brands are doing in terms of sustainability. She said UPS, for example, believes that by simply asking its drivers to avoid making left turns across traffic (or right turns in countries with left-hand roads) wherever possible it can save 10 million gallons of fuel a year and cut its CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons – the equivalent to taking 21,000 cars off the road.
Virginia said: “My role is to set the sustainability strategy, data collection and reporting at EV Cargo and to align with international best practice requirements.
“I’m looking forward to working with you all to bring sustainability up a notch at EV Cargo.”
Anyone who missed the webinar can watch it again here: https://youtu.be/DQJeoaqnWI8