CO2 emissions reduced by approx. 50 metric tons a year / Long-standing partnership between major industry players goes greener / Alternative drive technologies integral to the Gebrüder Weiss sustainability strategy
Efficient and sustainable transport solutions are key concerns for the logistics provider Gebrüder Weiss, and now they are being systematically rolled out in Central and Eastern Europe as part of its overall sustainability strategy. Since the start of June 2021, Gebrüder Weiss has been deploying an electric truck to deliver technology products for the computer and printer manufacturer HP. This is the second zero-emissions truck in the company’s fleet. Manufactured by MAN, the vehicle produces some 50 metric tons less emissions than a conventional diesel model over the course of a year. Capable of traveling up to 150 kilometers without recharging, it runs daily services to electronics wholesalers.
“By incorporating an electric truck to deliver our products, we are taking a further stride with Gebrüder Weiss towards creating a more sustainable, net zero emission supply chain. Our long-term partner Gebrüder Weiss is supporting us with its high-quality logistics expertise and laying down a marker when it comes to cutting emissions in our European operations,” says Michael Smetana, Managing Director Austria at HP.
Partners for a quarter-century
Gebrüder Weiss has been working for HP since 1996, managing numerous supply chains in Europe either as a conventional freight forwarder or a lead logistics provider. In this capacity, the company performs various services under its own brand and also coordinates third-party providers. More than a tenth of the transport services have been designed to optimize life cycles across different transport modes.
Alternative drive innovations boost sustainability
With its first electric truck, Gebrüder Weiss successfully trialed the new technology in Greater Vienna over a period of several years. Equipped with a second electric vehicle, the company is now making further advances in embedding sustainable drive technologies in its supply chains. In addition to the fully electric models, which are charged with green electricity, the logistics professionals have a hydrogen-fueled vehicle and several natural gas-powered trucks in service. By tapping this and other initiatives, Gebrüder Weiss is aiming to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.