Itella Logistics has introduced two new natural gas-powered transport vehicles, one in Porvoo and another in Tampere. Vehicles running on natural gas are ideally suited for delivery services in cities and towns. They produce a minimal amount of harmful fine particles, and their carbon-dioxide emissions are almost ten percent lower than those of comparable diesel-powered vehicles. Other benefits of a natural gas vehicle include lower fuel costs and a quiet engine.
Being the nation’s largest transport and delivery company, Itella plays a major role in the development of eco-friendly transportation systems. Itella was the first company in Finland to introduce a natural gas-powered delivery vehicle in Helsinki in 2006. Due to positive user experiences and the growing number of refueling stations, Itella has decided to purchase a total of five new natural gas vehicles this year. There are currently about 500 natural gas-powered vehicles in Finland and over 8.5 million vehicles globally.
Itella is committed to cutting its carbon-dioxide emissions by ten percent by the year 2012 (compared to 2007 levels). The goal is to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by, for example, investing in the use of low-emission vehicles and fuels. Natural gas-powered cars are one way to mitigate climate change.
Itella’s delivery and transport fleet currently comprises about 4,300 vehicles, covering around 61 million kilometers per year. Itella has also conducted tests with other alternative fuels, such as electricity and biodiesel. Itella also strives to reduce fuel consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions through effective route planning, combining several trips into one, and eco-friendly driving techniques.
More information for the media will be provided by:
Hanna Kaustia, Director, Itella Corporate Environment, tel. +358 40 765 7772
Pekka Koskinen, Development Director, Itella Logistics, tel. +358 20 45 20559
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