Europa Road and DPD Netherlands have forged a partnership aimed at enhancing the environmental sustainability of their operations. The collaboration involves the adoption of HVO-100 fuel (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) in place of diesel for new routes operated by Europa Road for DPD Netherlands.

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Source: Europa

This decision aligns with the broader efforts within the European Union and the UK to set ambitious targets for reducing emissions in the road freight sector, as part of the Emissions Trading System (ETS2). These targets aim to achieve a 42% reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

DPD Netherlands, under the umbrella of its parent company GeoPost/DPD Group, has set a goal of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2040, a decade ahead of the climate agreement requirements. This commitment underscores the company’s dedication to operating in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. DPD Netherlands is making strides toward meeting these targets, including plans to deliver emission-free in the largest cities in the Netherlands by 2025.

Europa Road, as the dedicated European road freight division of Europa Worldwide Group, is actively pursuing its environmental agenda despite the considerable challenges faced by the logistics industry. Stuart McKie, Regional Manager for Europa Road, outlines the implementation of HVO-100 fuel on DPD movements, particularly in the e-commerce linehauls from the Netherlands to the UK.

The decision to transition to HVO-100 fuel is supported by its environmental benefits, as stated by Nationwide Fuels. This fuel alternative significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions, particulate matter emissions, and nitrous oxide emissions compared to traditional diesel. Moreover, HVO-100 is derived from 100% raw materials, making it a biodegradable and nontoxic fuel solution suitable for both on-road and off-road applications.

“I have been in this business for over 15 years, and what I am most excited about right now is our journey to transition away from fossil fuels. I predict that by the end of Q2 2024, 50 per cent of all linehauls out of DPD Netherlands will be running on HVO fuel. I am happy that Europa Road will be operating two full loads a day from the Netherlands to the UK, which represents 1,300 km a day, 350,00 km per year on HVO fuel,” said Maurice Loef, Linehaul Director, DPD Netherlands.

Europa’s partnership with environmental experts, such as Microlise and Pledge, underscores its commitment to creating lasting and impactful benefits for sustainability. The collaboration between Europa Road and DPD Netherlands signifies a positive step forward for the European road freight industry in addressing environmental concerns and fostering a more sustainable future.