To further drive the reduction of carbon footprint in logistics, LPR France joined FRET21. The French initiative provides tools to calculate the carbon footprint emissions and to develop concrete action plans to reduce emissions. FRET21 is the equivalent of Lean&Green in other European countries. The activities that LPR France undertakes under the initiative set an example for other LPR countries.
FRET21 is an initiative of the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) and encourages companies that work with transport partners to reduce the climate impact of freight transport. FRET21 focuses on the following four themes: loading rate, distance optimisation, means of transport and responsible purchasing. Through the initiative, LPR France has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions directly related to transport by at least 5.5% from 2021 until 2023.
Together with our retailers, we are working on optimising the loading rate of our trucks, by focusing on platform collection and reverse logistics. We started with two retailers, and we have so far been able to increase the loading rate by 2%.
In addition, we have been developing optimisation plans for transport flows, with a view to reducing our overall transport distances. To achieve this, we will open service centres in strategic locations, optimise our routing and drive fully loaded trucks as much as possible. This will help us to further reduce distances travelled.
A key element of LPR’s reduction plan is the transition to multimodal transport and green carriers. We also aim to replace 9,000 conventional trucks by trucks that run on green energy such as biogas or biofuel. We want to increase the share of greener carriers to 94%. These carriers should be certified and ideally working as part of a programme such as FRET21. This requires an investment from transport partners in upgrading their fleet. Carriers decide themselves what technology and fuel type they wish to invest in. It requires patience and persuasion for our carriers to switch to a greener fleet.
Consequently, we consider our carriers not simply as suppliers but more as partners with whom we build long-term relationships. We are currently working closely with 10 carriers, who represent about 80% of our business.
Our greatest achievement in 2021 was the conversion from truck to rail. We studied carefully how to convert road transport to rail transport, and in the end, we were able to implement this conversion. The train is a very reliable means of transportation, and we are now considering a new line for 2022. Our goal is to avoid 700 trucks on the road by converting to rail transport, and recently we have already reached half of this target. In 2022, we will also test the use of a line of riverboats on the river Seine. Furthermore, we are working with one of our clients on the implementation of trucks that run on compressed gas.
Joining FRET 21 shows that we are serious about reducing emissions in our supply chain, and it also adds to the visibility of our commitment. It allows us to be part of a larger discussion and to take part in the transition towards a more sustainable future.