Super lorries: carbon emissions cut down by 20 tonnes in one year and a half


Early 2015 a super lorry  drove for the very first time on the Flemish roads within the framework of a pilot project by the Flemish Government. Since then, the results obtained by pioneers AB InBev and its transport partner Nina Trans are revealing: the average carbon emissions decreased by 21%.

AB InBev is committed to bring people together for a better world. "In that dream we strive for a healthy, growing and sustainable world.," says Alexander Soenen (Logistics Manager). "Reducing our ecological footprint is our biggest challenge in terms of sustainability. By the end of 2017, we want to reduce with 15% the carbon emissions of our logistics activities worldwide. That is just one of our eight ambitious global environmental objectives."

Logistical sustainability combined with respect of road safety is another one of the brewer's objectives. Logistics partner Nina Trans shares that ambition. Both are part of the first generation of 'Lean & Green' businesses, a recognition awarded by the 'Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek' (Flemish Institute for Logistics). They applied to participate in a pilot project on the use of super lorries or LHVs. The purpose? Identify the economic and environmental advantages and the benefits for road traffic safety.


Good for the environment and for mobility

Two super lorries replace three normal trucks. For the regular route of the AB InBev super lorry between Heverlee and the port of Antwerp, this means a reduction of 418 truck rides or 32% in one year and a half. Or, in kilometres, the equivalent of one and a half times around the Earth.

Alexander Soenen (Logistics Manager): "First of all, less truck ridesmeans less harmful carbon emissions. In this case a decrease by 21%, a percentage that represents nearly 20 tonnes of carbon. The environmental benefit is evident. But the massive use of super lorries will undoubtedly also contribute to untangle mobility problems by limiting the number of truck rides."


Road traffic safety is a priority

In addition to investing in alternative and sustainable transport solutions, road safety is also one of Nina Trans and AB InBev's priorities. The drivers involved in the super lorry project were given additional training in order to safely drive their impressive vehicles on the road. And the results were positive: during the entire duration of the project, no traffic incident occurred.

Logistics partner Nina Trans: "This pilot project shows that the super lorry is a safe solution with both ecological and economic benefits. A convincing step towards safer and more sustainable transport."