ICA Gruppen’s road transports to be fossil-free by 2030
In Sweden, food and consumer goods distributor and retailer ICA Gruppen has declared that road transports for the Group's Swedish companies will be fossil-free by 2030 at the latest. In the metropolitan areas in Sweden, the ambition is to achieve this goal by 2025.
The transport sector is undergoing major changes in pace with realisation that the shift from fossil to fossil-free fuels needs to take place quickly in order to reduce the climate impact from transports. According to a statement, with a new fuel strategy, ICA Gruppen is charting out a “clear direction” for developing its environmental work surrounding transports.
Although the majority of ICA’s transports currently use fossil-free fuels, the new strategy takes a comprehensive approach to road transports and also encompasses suppliers’ transports to ICA’s warehouses. To achieve this goal ICA will increase its investments in new technology and fossil-free fuels, among other measures.
Moreover, for many years ICA has worked with optimisation of transports, both from sustainability and efficiency perspectives, such as by shifting road transports to rail and marine transport as far as possible. This work will continue and will be intensified.
Fossil-fuel free by 2025 in metropolitan areas
In the Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö metropolitan areas, the ambition is to achieve the “fossil-fuel-free” goal already by 2025. The new fuel strategy pertains to all road transports for ICA Gruppen’s companies in Sweden. This entails that both national and all European transports from suppliers to ICA’s warehouses are included.
Development of renewable fuels is making progress, but it needs to be accelerated if we are to achieve our goal of being fossil-free by 2030. This shift is encumbered by quite a few challenges, where technology in vehicle development, availability, and infrastructure for fossil-free fuels, prices of vehicles and fuels, and uncertainty surrounding political decisions are some of the most important commented Per Strömberg, CEO of ICA Gruppen.
ICA will accelerate its investments in new technology and fossil-free fuels, and evaluate how initiatives to increase national production of biofuels can be supported. To provide clear direction both internally and for ICA’s haulage companies, a tool has been developed to facilitate prioritisation in the transitional work towards reducing climate impact.
Fuel prioritisation will guide operations with respect to the choice of vehicle type and fuel, where we will rank existing fuels according to their climate impact. We believe in a diversification of fuels, and we will thereby continue with the work we are already doing in testing various types of fossil-free fuels. For example, electric vehicles are something we are studying more closely, ended Per Strömberg.