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ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel in Belgium has implemented a new sustainable transport scheme, which will see it transporting aluminium rolled products by barge rather than by road. The initiative will reduce the company’s road transport activity for the Port of Antwerp by 72 % and save over 56,000 road kilometres a year.
This project will contribute to ALVANCE’s efforts of reducing the CO2 footprint of their products and making the supply chain even more sustainable. With the introduction of the new initiative, the company will save around 62 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, which is the equivalent CO2 output of 16 Flemish households.
To implement the scheme ALVANCE has teamed up with the Hutchison terminal (TCT) in Willebroek and Multimodaal.Vlaanderen. Empty 20′ containers are provided by the terminal and loaded at Duffel. Afterwards, they are delivered back to TCT for transport by barge.
Brahim El Boussatati, Shipping & Warehousing Manager at ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel said: “ALVANCE is very aware of the social impact of its transport, both in terms of road congestion around Antwerp and CO2 emissions. By partnering with TCT and Multimodaal.Vlaanderen, we were able to participate in this multimodal alternative involving barges and in so doing replace a significant number of road journeys which is better for the environment and local traffic! A great example of a sustainable solution adding value to our products and positively impacting our community.”