Lidl, Iveco, LC3 and Edison introduce the first biomethane vehicles in the retailer’s Italian fleet

January 23, 2020. Five new biomethane-fueled vehicles in the Lidl fleet were today unveiled, a result of the company’s collaboration with Iveco, LC3 Trasporti and Edison. This is a first in the Italian retail and mass distribution sector, which again highlights the partners’ unwavering commitment.

Unveiled during a press conference at Lidl’s logistics centre in Somaglia (Lombardy), the new Iveco Stralis NP 460 HP CNG will be powered by biomethane, a renewable and sustainable fuel both in terms of the levels of CO2 emitted by the vehicle and of life cycle emissions, which are significantly lower compared to other types of fuel.

Pietro Rocchi, Managing Director of Sales and Logistics at Lidl Italia commented on Lidl’s commitment to favoring greener logistics, “We are extremely proud to be the first Italian company to use the newest vehicles powered by biomethane, a fuel that promotes an economic model based on sustainability and the circularity of resources. Our long-term goal is to gradually switch from transport that mainly runs on fossil fuels to alternative fuels with reduced CO2 emissions, such as biomethane and liquid natural gas (LNG), already used in a large fleet of vehicles. Lidl’s quest for more sustainable logistics started in 2015, when we introduced the first LNG-fueled trucks. Since then we have achieved extremely positive results: even though we’ve continually expanded our activity and open on average 40 new points of sale per year, we have still managed to reduce CO2 emissions by 5.2% — that’s 620,000 tons of emissions avoided. We would like to thank our partners for helping us with this initiative: LC3, Iveco and Edison. They are all large companies, leaders in their respective sectors, and share our values and commitment to sustainability”.

The five biomethane-fueled vehicles will operate in neighboring areas around the logistics centre in Somaglia, one of the ten Lidl logistics platforms located across Italy.

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