Carrefour has joined forces with Air Liquide to open the first of its biomethane stations in France
Carrefour has just kicked off roll-out of its bioNGV service stations – so it can expand its fleet of vehicles running on biomethane Its aim before the end of 2017 is to have
9 service stations so that 200 lorries can make clean, silent deliveries to 250 urban stores in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille. The first of these service stations to open (in the Ile-de-France region) is the result of a partnership with Air Liquide.
Carrefour speeds up deployment of its clean, silent vehicles
To meet its aim of having 200 lorries running on biomethane by the end of 2017, Carrefour has entered into listing agreements with its energy partners to open nine bioNGV service stations across the country. The opening of the Servon service station (in the Seine-et-Marne département) near the Brie-Comte-Robert logistics hub is the first stage of this ambitious initiative aimed at delivering goods to France's major urban areas.
Carrefour – France's first retailer to have a fleet of lorries running on biomethane
Lorries running on this type of biofuel have excellent environmental performance: a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions, no fine-particle emissions and a 50% reduction in noise pollution.
Biomethane is part of the circular economy model: some of the biowaste collected from stores can be recycled at local level. By making use of a product that cannot be moved to another location, Carrefour is using an energy that helps create jobs in France and is lending its support to the agricultural sector. It is also playing its part in the energy transition, helping people to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. With this in mind, Carrefour has decided to open up its stations to all other stakeholders in the transport sector which have vehicles running on biomethane.
30% less CO2 per pallet transported by 2025
Choosing vehicles running on biomethane is in line with Carrefour's ambitious transport policy, the aim of which is to bring about a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for each pallet transported by 2025 – compared with 2010 levels. To achieve this, the retailer is taking action on several fronts: it is moving its warehouses closer to its stores, adopting a responsible procurement policy and working closely alongside its main transport partners in the supply chain.
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