Companies involved in the solar energy sector occasionally face questions regarding the carbon footprint in relation to the manufacturing and transportation of components. As a distribution company we are hands-off when it comes to production, but we can make changes in the sector we are responsible for: Delivery and shipping methods to our warehouses and our customers.
At the end of 2019, we decided to act by reducing emissions on transportation using combined transport. Our test route was from our suppliers’ warehouse in Rotterdam area to our deposit in Hostivice near Prague.
This project had to be put on-hold due to COVID-19, but now that the situation has stabilised, from August, we plan to use intermodal transportation for most of our imports and even some deliveries to our clients’ place.
Combined transport is a specific case of intermodal transport where a more substantial part of the route is carried out by water or by rail. We use the Ro-La (rolling highway) system, where the whole truck or its semi-trailer loads onto a train without additional need for goods handling. More specifically, our partner LKW Walter loads the modules into the truck in the supplier’s warehouse. Then the truck travels to the nearest railway station where it is loaded onto a train set to the Czech Republic where it is then folded and continues by road to our warehouse.
The journey of the PV modules from the manufacturers to our warehouse using intermodal transport.
Our colleague Tomas responsible for the project and the CO2 reduction certificate.
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