TNT, one of the world’s leading express companies, has launched a pilot project in India to use biodiesel in its delivery vehicles.
Three trucks will participate in the year-long project between Pune, Nasik and Bangalore, covering a total distance of 45,000 kilometers (28,000 miles) per month. The biodiesel blends will be gradually increased starting from 5% to permissible levels in steps of 5%, under the supervision of mechanics and technical experts. TNT is currently at a 10% blend.
Jatropha and pongamia are the targeted feedstocks for the trial.
Routes and driving times are optimized to further reduce carbon emissions, which are projected to be some 337 tons annually. If the project proves efficient, TNT intends to expand it within its Indian fleet of vehicles.
Environmental quality is a priority for TNT. More efficient and eco-friendly vehicles can help reduce the environmental impact of TNT’s fleet. We are also pleased to contribute to the Indian government’s bio fuel policy.—Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer of TNT
TNT’s biodiesel pilot project in India is part of the company’s global “Driving Clean” initiative to improve its environmental performance. Some other elements of the initiative include:
Skipping Euro-4 and moving directly to purchasing Euro-5 compliant heavy-duty trucks. In 2006, the company purchased 165 new Euro 5-compliant trucks for TNT Post Transport in the Netherlands. Euro 5 will be compulsory in November 2009. For smaller vehicles, for which the Euro-5 standard has not yet been established, TNT is purchasing Euro-4 compliant vehicles with built-in particulate filters.
Biodiesel pilot in Amsterdam with 53 vehicles.
Hybrid vehicle trials in Australia.
Compressed natural gas vehicles in Berlin.
Electric truck rollout in London (earlier post).
Working with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), TNT is developing a tool and strategy that will allow fleet managers to generate action plans for improving the environmental performance of their fleets.
The company began a pilot in Turkey in November 2006 in which two hybrid vehicles are being tested for six months on purchasing costs, fuel costs and emission rates. In addition, five diesel vehicles fitted with particulate filters will be purchased and subjected to the same tests. Future fleet composition will be based on the results of these tests.