Climate friendlier food by rail
December 14th 2015
Transport of foodstuff to Sweden by rail contributes to reach the UN climate agreement’s goals.
At the UN climate conference in Paris the world’s countries agreed on a global, legally binding agreement to reduce green house gas emissions. The agreement states that the increase in global temperature should be kept below two degrees and endeavours made to limit it to 1.5 degrees. At the same time, we know that transports affect the environment significantly, both directly and indirectly. UN agency Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport has concluded that the transport sector now accounts for about 23% of annual global energy-related CO2 emissions. By 2015, global road transport CO2 emissions should have already peaked in order to achieve a two degree scenario, but the Agency states this is not likely to happen under current trends.
As a logistics company Scanlog wants to take responsibility and to strive at minimizing the negative environmental impact from transports, among other things by offering transport by rail as an alternative to or in combination with road transportation. Several of Sweden’s largest supermarket chains and food distributors have chosen Scanlog’s environmentally friendly rail solutions for their shipments of food and private label products to Sweden. By using rail for the long distance haulage from the European continent, we can halve the total amount of energy used by the transport and also replace part of the fossil energy with renewable energy.
For green house gases the impact is even greater, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by around two thirds in our rail transports from Europe to Sweden. Consolidation of smaller shipments in to large, efficient rail wagons also provides better capacity utilization, one of the very important environmental factors affecting the transport. The combination of environmental friendliness, cost effectiveness and competitive lead times now allows Scanlog to welcome an increasing number of customers from the food industry who want to contribute to a better climate.