Girteka Logistics goes green by expanding its European intermodal network
Girteka Logistics, Europe’s largest full truckload (FTL) transport company, continues to reduce its carbon footprint by expanding its intermodal network. The company invests in rail freight transportation as part of its commitment to sustainable development.
“We are growing our investments in technological innovation and sustainability, as we see that it is the future of the transport industry. Moving loads in an environmentally friendly way is equally important for us, our clients and our community” said Larisa Senkevičienė, the head of the Intermodal Service division at Girteka Logistics.
By incorporating railways and ferries into the transportation process, the company significantly reduces CO2 emissions. It is estimated that moving freight by railway reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75%. In 2019, Girteka Logistics reduced carbon footprint by 2,500 tons of CO2 by using intermodal transportation services.
According to Larisa Senkevičienė, the company sees railway transportation as an integral part of Girteka Logistics long-term strategy. It is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to transport loads over long distances.
Intermodal train services provide an environment-friendly solution for long-distance FTL transfers. Compared to road transportation, intermodal services require half the trucks and human resources.
This mode of transportation also optimizes traffic flows and is safer from accidents.
Girteka Logistics already uses several intermodal lines to transport goods between Italy – Germany, UK, Spain; France-Poland; Spain – Benelux, Germany, UK, Poland. Around 250 full truckloads of cargo are transported through these lines every week.
The company uses eight intermodal rail and ferry lines, but Girteka Logistics is working to expand its network and reduce its CO2 footprint at least four times as much compared to 2019 results.
Larisa Senkevičienė says: “We, as a company, take great responsibility in reducing pollution and maintaining a healthy environment for everyone. We set ourselves high goals. Expanding our intermodal map is one of the steps we take to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We’re aware that we’re raising the bar for the whole transportation industry and we’re not planning to stop.”