// Primark rolls out new energy efficient delivery trailers & gas-powered trucks in its UK logistics operations
// The greener transport options are part of Primark’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact
// The new fleet of 15 longer semi trailers will carry twice the volume of stock, meaning 1600 fewer trailer journeys annually
Primark has introduced a brand-new fleet of energy efficient delivery trailers and gas-powered trucks to help reduce the environmental impact of its logistics network in the UK.
The value retailer said the new fleet of 15 longer semi trailers (LSTs) will each carry twice the volume of stock as existing trailers, meaning 1600 fewer trailer journeys annually.
Primark said this amounted to 728,000 fewer kilometres travelled each year and the elimination of 680 carbon dioxide-equivalent tonnes from its UK transport operation.
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The delivery of the new LSTs, manufactured in the UK by Don Bur (Bodies & Trailers) Ltd in Stoke-on-Trent and arranged in partnership with DHL Supply Chain, marks the start of a new phase in Primark’s move towards a more sustainable transport model.
Each trailer is 15.65m long, has two decks and is designed to carry larger volumes of both hanging garments and palletised products to Primark depots across the UK.
The fashion retailer also confirmed that later this year it would take delivery of 10 new Iveco tractor units, which will be fuelled by liquified natural gas (LNG) – a more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional diesel fuel.
Gas-powered trucks typically reduce carbon dioxide emissions released into the atmosphere by 15 per cent, compared with diesel-powered trucks, and Primark said the new Iveco tractor units deliver a 60 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions to the environment.
Each tractor unit will cover approximately 200,000km per year, enable quieter urban deliveries and will further reduce the environmental impact of Primark’s logistics operations.
“We have been working hard for many years to reduce the environmental impact of our logistics operations and we are delighted to take this next step in boosting the sustainability of our transport model,” Primark head of transport Ian Hicks said.
“These new trailers have double the capacity of standard trailers and will significantly reduce our transport emissions in the UK.
“We are proud to bring these new additions into our transport fleet, to help make a more positive impact on the environment.
“The new trailers with their unmissable Primark branding can be seen on UK roads from this week.”
Primark is already using LNG trucks in its Spanish logistics fleet, and rolled out similar double decker trailers to its Northern European logistics operations as part of the retailer’s wider and ongoing commitment to reduce the environmental impact across the business.