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14 July 2013 | Adam Leach
The introduction of a new train to transport ice creams between the Italian cities of Naples and Parma will enable Unilever to remove the equivalent of 3,500 trucks off the road and cut transportation costs by 6 per cent.
The ‘Green Express’ train will transport its Algida brand ice creams 700 kilometres from a factory near Naples to the company’s logistics hub in Parma. The main savings will be a 6 per cent cost saving and cutting 2,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, but the switch from road to rail will also reduce congestion and save energy.
David Beauchamp, vice president of logistics for Europe at Unilever, said: “Traditionally, goods have been transported by road in Italy but this model is designed to be a game-changer. This is not just beneficial for the environment but also for costs, we estimate that this will achieve a 6 per cent reduction in costs per year.”
The initiative is part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, which has set the target of cutting its carbon dioxide emissions from its logistics operation by 40 per cent.