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Primark rolls out greener fleet for UK operations

Primark has rolled out a brand-new fleet of 15 Longer Semi Trailers (LSTs), which will help to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the company’s logistics operations in the UK.

The LSTs will each carry twice the volume of stock as the company’s existing trailers and will mean 1,600 fewer trailer journeys annually. This amounts to 728,000 fewer kilometres travelled each year and the elimination of 680 CO2 equivalent tonnes from Primark’s transport operation in the UK.

Each trailer is 15.65 metres long, has two decks and is designed to carry larger volumes of both hanging garments and palletised products to Primark depots across the UK.

Primark, which trades in Ireland under the name ‘Penneys’, says it will later this year 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 CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere by 15 per cent, compared with diesel-powered trucks, and these new Iveco tractor units deliver a 60 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions to the environment, according to the manufacturer.

Each tractor unit will cover approximately 200,000 km per year, enable quieter urban deliveries and will further reduce the environmental impact of the company’s logistics operations.

In 2016, Primark successfully introduced LNG trucks into its Spanish logistics fleet, which are used to distribute merchandise to Primark stores in Madrid and Barcelona. Primark has also introduced similar double decker trailers to its Northern European logistics operations, in collaboration with its Dutch logistics partners, as part of the ongoing commitment to reduce the environmental impact across the business.