Italian haulier Koiné has taken delivery of 50 Scania R410 tractors which run on liquiﬁed gas. They will shuttle between the Gruppo Sanpellegrino mineral water bottling plant at San Pellegrino Terme to a logistics centre at Madone.
In 2018 Sanpellegrino produced 1.5bn bottles of mineral water, exported to more than 150 countries. Growth over the past years has been strong and continues to increase.
This spring Sanpellegrino will start construction of a major extension of its production facilities which means more road transport on the narrow winding roads through villages in the Bergamasque Prealp valleys to and from the springs.
Each day, there are 300 truck movements to the production plant, around the clock, all days of the week.
In view of rising production, Sanpellegrino and its logistics partner Koiné initiated discussions with Scania on ﬁnding a more sustainable solution.
Maura Sartore, Head of Supply Chain, said: “These liquiﬁed gas trucks constitute an important element in ensuring the continued development of our operations.”
The group underlines that the introduction of gas trucks forms a part of its sustainability agenda and that it has already cut water consumption by 200,000 cubic metres and that its electricity supply is now fully renewable.
“The gas delivery to Sanpellegrino with Koiné once again highlights the importance of pursuing a novel approach in addressing sustainability and acting together to speed up the transition to a sustainable transport system,” says Franco Fenoglio, Managing Director of Italscania.
In addition to annual carbon savings of 500 tonnes, the gas engines offer a substantial noise reduction in comparison with diesel engines.
Since the company works during nights to avoid trafﬁc congestion on route to Madone, 35km from the springs, this has beena major consideration.