June 17, 2021. GEODIS is investing in a green fleet for urban delivery in France. The key is to reduce environmental and noise pollution. Stéphane Cassagne, General Director of Distribution at GEODIS, and Emilio Portillo, General Director of Iveco France, signed an agreement that provides for an order for 200 natural gas vehicles that will be supplied with biogas. Delivery is scheduled for the end of 2021.
“This investment marks a new step for GEODIS in reducing the impact of its activities on the environment and the fight against climate change. It is in particular by greening road transport in the last kilometer that we will help decarbonize the sector. Urban logistics is at the center of our actions”, indicates Marie-Christine Lombard, President of the Board of Directors of GEODIS.
Achieving 100% carbon-free urban centers in the 35 largest French metropolises (>150,000 inhabitants) in 3 years is GEODIS’s goal for 2023. The proactive strategy started several years ago has reached a new stage with the signing of this order with Iveco, a leader in alternative energies with about 60% of the French market.
GEODIS chose 107 Iveco Daily and 93 Eurocargo powered by BioNGV, a fuel that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 95% while enjoying the same performance as a diesel vehicle. Compared to a Euro VI-E diésel unit, fine particle emissions are reduced by 95% and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 90%. These vehicles fall into the Crit’Air 1 category. In addition, the 71 dB Pieck certificate guarantees quiet deliveries day and night.
“The greater use of new energies is a lever for action to reduce the emissions associated with our distribution activities. This order for 200 vehicles is an important milestone that marks our commitment to reduce CO2 emissions. It positions us as a major player in clean delivery in France, an ambition that we put at the service of our customers,” says Stéphane Cassagne, General Manager of Distribution at GEODIS.