Arla Foods and Danish Crown have partnered with DFDS and DSV to develop a new transport corridor to achieve climate-neutral food shipping from Denmark to the UK.
Danish Crown plans to test the use of electric trucks to collect pigs, while DFDS and DSV – Danish international shipping and logistics companies – will conduct a pilot test on the use of electric trucks and electric refrigerated trailers for transporting dairy and meat products to Esbjerg, Denmark and for distribution in the UK.
The scope of the transport corridor will be expanded over time as the use of electric trucks, electric refrigerated trailers and the development of greener fuels are tested, phased in and scaled up. The companies plan to achieve climate-neutral food transports from Denmark to the UK by 2030.
Bo Svane, head of logistics at Arla, said: “The entire agricultural sector is currently undergoing a historic transition, and both Arla and Danish Crown have committed to becoming climate-neutral by 2050. We can only achieve that by joining forces, and DFDS and DVS are of a similar mind. Together, we want to explore and develop the opportunities already available to us today, rather than wait for new technologies.”
Lars Feldskou, Group CPO of Danish Crown, added: “The partnership for the corridor fits hand in glove with our ambition to lead the way in the green transition of the food industry. We’ll be opening a new factory in the UK this autumn, and with the corridor in place by 2030, we’ll be able to offer our British customers food products that have been transported all the way from farms in Denmark to supermarkets in the UK without impacting the environment.”
Anders Michael Christensen, vice president, DFDS Logistics, said that the company is excited to be one of four large companies teaming up for the project to promote and deliver on the “green transition”. He added: “We need to collaborate across the value chain to solve the climate crisis”.
The first charging points for electric trucks have already been installed at a few locations in Denmark, but “many more” will be required going forward, with “sufficient charging capacity” to handle heavy-duty traffic, including at the harbour in Esbjerg and at Danish Crown and Arla locations in Denmark.
Morten Kjærgaard, vice president, DSV Road, commented: “A climate-neutral transport corridor needs not only commercial commitment but also the political will to expand the infrastructure. There’s no snap solution to solving the climate crisis, and that’s precisely why teaming up across sectors like we are doing now is so important.”
Danish Crown and Arla Foods have been working on the development of the transport corridor during the past year. The companies will begin gathering data next year to measure the partnership’s effects on the climate.
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