HAVI and Scania accelerate drive for green supply chain for McDonald‘s in Spain

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 28, 2018

As key players in the McDonald‘s supply chain, HAVI and Scania are responding to growing consumer demands for more sustainable transportation. In Spain, the companies are accelerating the five-year roadmap that aims to cut CO2 emissions from the restaurant chain‘s delivery vehicles.

McDonald‘s logistics network transports food products more than 250 million miles every year and the company is committed to working with its suppliers and their partners to minimise the environmental footprint of its logistics activities.

HAVI Spain plans to add 14 gas-fuelled vehicles to deliver product to McDonald‘s restaurants from HAVI‘s distribution centres in Madrid and Barcelona, by the end of this year. Twelve run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and two on compressed natural gas (CNG). Previously HAVI Spain had two CNG trucks, making the new total 16 gas trucks.

The trucks are designed to generate virtually zero air pollution and significantly reduce carbon emissions in cities. LNG and CNG reduce carbon emissions by about 20 percent.

Equipped with low-noise engine and cooling equipment, the trucks are also much quieter than conventional delivery vehicles, helping to further reduce the impact of urban deliveries. In Madrid, the vehicles will be fitted with special electrically driven cooling equipment to cut carbon emissions and noise levels even further.

In March 2018, McDonald‘s became the first restaurant company in the world to address global climate change by setting a verified target by the Science Based Target initiative to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

As McDonald‘s lead logistics provider, HAVI has joined forces with vehicle manufacturer Scania to roll out a five-year roadmap towards significantly reducing the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of McDonald‘s supply chain.

“As McDonald‘s lead logistics provider, we have the clear commitment to support the business‘s Scale for Good and all their associated sustainability initiatives,” says Rafael Gómez, senior vice president, operations and freight management, HAVI. “We want to be a frontrunner at changing towards new standards for urban deliveries and implementing specific measures to benefit the environment and communities where we operate.”

Scania Iberi managing director Sebastián Figueroa says the partnership is an example of how transport companies, logistic provider and trucks manufacturers can work together to lead the shift towards a sustainable transport system.