Van Der Windt Turns to Duel-Fuel Vehicles in bid to win Top Industry Honour
Van Der Windt has set itself some rigorous environmental targets for 2012, hoping to scoop a major industry honour for its green approach.
The Clondalkin Group company is aiming for the Lean & Green Award, a prestigious honour awarded by Connekt to shippers and transporters who are able to reduce the CO2 emissions of their logistics organisation by at least 20 per cent in five years.
And it has unveiled a number of cutting-edge initiatives that will increase its sustainability, such as economy training for its drivers, to take place in April 2012, the introduction of hybrid lorries in March 2012, with fuel additives (Traxx), more efficient route planning, and finally by raising its already-high loading capacity utilisation.
Van der Windt aims to rank among the leaders in its sector in the field of sustainability, with a particular focus on sustainable logistics in a bid to achieve the Lean and Green Award in 2012.
The Lean & Green Award participants draw up detailed plans that are checked for feasibility by TNO. The actual improvements are then monitored every year. Since the award started in 2008, a total of 175 companies (62 shippers, 106 transporters and 7 municipalities) have received this award. Minister Schultz van Haegen wants this number to rise to 250 in 2012.
Van Der Windt's main lines of logistics infrastructure have been fixed and therefore much of the CO2 reduction must be achieved through making its transport more efficient and economical.