Unilever trains sights on sustainable logistics
Unilever has unveiled Green Express, a new railway initiative to drive more sustainable logistics in Europe.
Green Express comes as a result of a partnership with Trenitalia and the Italian Ministry for Environment and promises to save 2,600 tonnes of CO2 a year by taking trucks off the road in Italy.
As of Friday 5 July, a dedicated train line now operates from the Unilever factory in Caivano, near Naples, 700km to the logistics hub in Parma. The direct connection, linking three lines, means that 3,500 trucks will be taken off the road each year.
David Beauchamp, vp logistics for Europe said: “Traditionally, goods have been transported by road in Italy but this model is designed to be a game-changer. This initiative is an example of great collaboration with Trenitalia and the Italian Ministry for Environment. We hope that other companies in Italy can also adopt similar rail transportation approaches. This is not just beneficial for the environment but also for costs, we estimate that this will achieve a 6% reduction in costs per year – a win-win situation.”