Unilever has launched a new rail service in Italy called Green Express, as part of a wider eco-efficiency programme within Unilever’s Supply Chain to support the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
The service delivers ice creams from the Unilever factory near Naples, 700km to the logistics hub in Parma.
The direct connection, linking three lines, means that 3,500 trucks will be taken off the road each year.
David Beauchamp, vice president logistics for Europe said: “Traditionally, goods have been transported by road in Italy but this model is designed to be a game-changer.
“This initiative is an example of great collaboration with Trenitalia and the Italian Ministry for Environment. We hope that other companies in Italy can also adopt similar rail transportation approaches.
“This is not just beneficial for the environment but also for costs, we estimate that this will achieve a six per cent reduction in costs per year – a win-win situation.”
By 2020, carbon emissions from Unilever’s global logistics network will be at or below 2010 levels. This will overall represent a 40 per cent improvement.