The climate impact of freight transport is great, so the fight against climate change must actively develop and seek lower-emission and zero-emission solutions. Flowertrucks Oy has an ambitious goal to be a pioneer in the transportation industry in environmental matters.
Tampere-based transport company Flowertrucks Oy offers its customers thermally regulated transports. More than 80 percent of the company’s transports are made outside Finland, especially in Central Europe. Now the company has taken a big leap in environmental issues:
Flowertrucks is the first Finnish company to offer all its carbon-neutral transportation to Central Europe. The company’s warehousing operations are also carbon neutral.
“We do not want to wait for lower-emission and zero-emission solutions, but we are now doing everything we can for the environment. That is why we compensate for those emissions that we are not yet able to reduce”, says CEO Pasi Ruokostenpohja.
Carbon-neutral transportation and warehousing operations are automatically available to Flowertrucks customers and also reduce their carbon footprint for Flowertrucks services. This is also an important issue in the traders’ own efforts towards carbon neutrality, where emission reductions are also required for purchased transport.
Responsible environmental work
Flowertrucks offsets emissions from its transportation and warehousing operations in the Carbon Sink Register, which creates, grows and maintains additional carbon sinks in Finnish commercial forests by ash fertilizing them. The Carbon Sink Register is the only compensation service in Finland that has a certificate in accordance with the international ISO standard as a guarantee of its transparent and responsible operations.
“The fact that the funds used for compensation and the benefits it brings will remain in Finland is a significant thing for us. The carbon sink register improves the management of commercial forests and thus increases employment throughout the value chain, including the transport sector”, says Ruokostenpohja.
Although carbon-neutral transportation and warehousing are a significant step for the company, active work to reduce emissions continues. As emissions are reduced, the need for compensation in relation to the tonnes transported is reduced.
The potential of transport companies to significantly reduce emissions depends to a large extent on technological developments. There are no alternatives to heavy-duty diesel vehicles yet, although gas cars, for example, are already being used alongside them.
“We will soon have three gas-powered tractors and we will gain experience in refueling, maintenance and life cycle costs”, says Ruokostenpohja.
For Flowertrucks, emissions cannot be reduced by using renewable diesel, which is not available in Central Europe. Instead, emission reductions can be achieved by investing in equipment and renewing it at high speed.
“Our transport fleet is currently the lowest-emission Euro 6 class, and the aim is to keep the average age of the fleet 1.5 years old – now it is only six months old. Drivers’ driving style and careful route planning are also important”, says Ruokostenpohja.