Logistics solutions specialist P&O Ferrymasters joined customer Procter & Gamble and two other leading advocates of intermodal transport on May 31 to host a special display and reception in Brussels for members of the European Parliament.
Together with Inter Ferry Boats and the Colruyt retail group, they arranged for a freight train to be on view at the Gare de Luxembourg – directly beneath the parliament building – during a one-day exhibition of inter-modality projects supported by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme.
The accompanying reception for invited MEPs was addressed by Inés Ayala Sender, a member of the European Parliament’s transport and tourism committee, who declared: "Inter-modality will be a key part of the solution to the huge logistic and environmental challenges the transport sector faces worldwide. Industry must focus on the improvement of the logistic process to achieve a more sustainable transport system that meets society’s needs."
As a leader in pan-European logistics, P&O Ferrymasters has provided supply chain solutions for household, health care and beauty care giant Procter & Gamble for more than two decades. Intermodal support has expanded dramatically in recent years after the first dedicated train was introduced in 2000, moving pet food from northern Holland to the rest of Europe. Jointly developed services now include the Spanish rail corridor and a pioneering Italy-Greece rail-sea link.
These initiatives have been instrumental in P&G’s aim of increasing distribution via rail from 10% in 2008 to 30% by 2015 – which would take 100,000 trucks per year off the road and reduce CO2 emissions by an annual 67,500 tonnes.
The co-hosted display and reception formed part of the Co-modality and Efficient Logistics event organised by the European Green Cars Initiative.