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Green Logistics Initiative in Germany to Deploy 100 LNG Trucks

More than 100 Scania LNG trucks are to be used in northern Germany, in an initiative to make the transport activities of the Volkswagen Group more environmentally compatible.

To speed up the implementation, participants recently met at a “LNG Truck Day.” At the gathering Volkswagen Group Logistics, Scania, the gas suppliers participating and 18 regional forwarders all gave their support to sustainable logistics. The German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure will provide forwarders with a support package for the purchase of the trucks, and gas suppliers are to construct LNG refueling stations in the region.

“Lower-emission trucks are a key element in our Green Logistics sustainability initiative,” said Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics. “With yesterday’s LNG Truck Day, we provided impetus for the use of trucks with alternative powertrains.”

Scania trucks with an LNG powertrain emit up to 20 percent less CO2 than comparable diesel engines. The use of regional and local biogas even reduces CO2 emissions by as much as 90 percent in addition to the improvement in the carbon dioxide balance, these powertrains emit some 95 percent less nitrogen oxides (NOx). In addition, less particulate matter is produced during combustion and particulate emissions are almost completely avoided.