Modal shift and alternative fuels – these are currently the two key elements in the decarbonisation of freight transport. From an operational and economic point of view, however, these solutions are often difficult to implement successfully, since 90% of freight transport is still carried out by road and alternative fuels from biomass are available in very limited quantities.
Last week, we put things to the test and, as the first company in Europe, carried out a completely decarbonised multimodal transport operation.
The 24-tonne load left Verona for north-west Germany. The first mile in Italy was carried out with a BIOlng vehicle, i.e. a vehicle using liquefied methane obtained from biomass from agricultural waste. This technology allows CO2 emissions to be reduced by up to 95%. The vehicle made the first leg from the loading area to the Verona interport, where it was loaded onto a train. The CO2 reduction on the electrified intermodal stretch is calculated at 60%. Finally, the last stage, from the Cologne interport to the point of unloading, was carried out with a biodiesel vehicle with a CO2 reduction of 55%.

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