GLS, one of Italy’s main express couriers, will add 120 new LNG and bio-LNG powered vehicles to its fleet.
The new IVECO S-WAY vehicles, which will replace a diesel vehicle fleet made up of 70% Euro VI vehicles and 30% Euro V vehicles, will have a significantly positive impact on the environment.
Switching to fossil methane will result in a reduction of CO2 amounting to -7,300 tons – equivalent to replacing 745 diesel vehicles with electric ones powered by 100% renewable energy, or planting 146,000 trees. By using biomethane, this value increases ‘exponentially’, achieving a CO2 reduction of -78,000 tones- equivalent to removing 8,000 from the roads or planting 1.5 million trees.
“This ambitious new project with IVECO is part of our broader strategy to ensure at least 20-25% of our fleet is equipped with low environmental impact traction by 2022 and 45-50% by 2025,” said Klaus Schaedle, group area managing director at GLS.
“We believe that bio-LNG technology can have a profound impact in our industry by helping to reduce emissions by up to 95%, and for this reason we are moving quickly and with determination in this direction with IVECO’s support.”
Fabrizio Buffa, IVECO’s Italy market alternative propulsions manager, commented: “The commitment of GLS’ supply chain is a strong testimony to the historical change that the transport sector is currently undergoing, which is increasingly virtuous and sustainable. We are honoured to partner with GLS in its mission.
“Biomethane has both environmental and economic advantages, it can be produced locally through a process that generates valuable by-products, such as bio-CO2, which can be reused in the food industry and biofertiliser which can be used in the agricultural sector. IVECO vehicles powered by biomethane are, therefore, the solution of the present for the future of our planet.”