May 17, 2020

Only one in eight truck fleet managers have changed brands to improve fuel efficiency

Truck Fleet Management
Transport & Environment
Europe Truck Markets
Fuel Efficiency
Nye Longman
2 min
Only one in eight truck fleet managers have changed brands to improve fuel efficiency
Just 3 percent of fleet managers in Europes two biggest truck markets, France and Germany, have ever changed brands to get better fuel efficiency &ndash...

Just 3 percent of fleet managers in Europe’s two biggest truck markets, France and Germany, have ever changed brands to get better fuel efficiency – and in Europe’s ‘big five’ markets only 13 percent have ever done so, according to a GiPA survey of small and medium enterprises.

These figures are hardly surprising, considering Europe's stagnating truck fuel economy and the need for EU efficiency standards to strengthen competition in the market, according to sustainable transport group Transport & Environment, which commissioned the survey.

The survey comes as the EU is set to issue the biggest cartel fine in its history to Europe’s largest truckmakers for allegedly fixing prices and delaying the introduction of technologies to control air pollution between 1997 and 2011. Also during that period, new truck fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions barely improved.

CO2 emissions are directly related to the fuel economy of vehicles with internal-combustion engines, with more fuel-efficient vehicles emitting less greenhouse gas. Five companies dominate the EU truck market; Volkswagen Group (MAN and Scania), Volvo Group (Volvo and Renault), Mercedes Benz, DAF, and Iveco.

William Todts, freight director at Transport & Environment, said: “It should come as no surprise that seven out of eight fleet managers don’t think that another brand can help them save fuel. Fuel economy of new trucks has remained stagnant for 20 years now. The ongoing emissions cartel case illustrates how cosy the market has been, to the detriment of their customers and the environment.”

While trucks make up less than 5 percent of all vehicles on the road, they are responsible for 25 percent of road transport’s fuel use and carbon emissions. Meeting the EU’s 2030 climate targets as well as the more challenging targets of the Paris climate deal will require major efforts in the road freight sector.

Todts concluded: “There is a limit to what the market alone can achieve, and apparently it is stagnation. The European Commission should commit to truck fuel-efficiency legislation and a timeline for its roll out in the EU’s 2016 decarbonisation of road transport strategy. Otherwise, European trucks won’t be able to compete with American and Japanese ones as they race to comply with CO2 standards in their markets.”

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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