Codognotto – Towards carbon neutrality in transport

Codognotto Group, partner in the e-SMART project with its Austrian branch, is an international company leader in global transport and logistics. As a Group, Codognotto counts 2,000 vehicles and is present in the EU, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, India and Singapore, disposes of 200,000 m2 of warehouses and has an overall turnover of 300 million euros. The company transports all over the world by road, railway/combined, overseas shipping/short sea shipping and airfreight.
Codognotto is strongly committed to sustainability and innovation, relying on sustainable logistics for the reduction of its carbon footprint. The company, both nationally and at international level, has developed long-term strategies, and increased its engagements on climate finance and real economy change, committing to decarbonisation via three main ways: energy transition, shift to modal/intermodal transportation, and digitalisation.
Today, at least 80% of Codognotto 2,000-strong fleet meet the latest environmental and safety standards. In Italy, 100% of the fleet is already LNG and they have recently signed an agreement for the supply of bio-LNG as from 1st Q of 2021. In favour of environmental protection, also Codognotto Austria is currently exploring various possibilities with its customers and with local and international manufacturers of low-consumption vehicles using alternative fuels. For example, together with CNH Industrial Österreich, parent company of Case IH and STEYR, which for Codognotto is both a customer and a supplier, the Austrian branch is considering the possibility of using LNG or bio-LNG as fuel for bi-directional transport Austria – Italy. Replacing diesel fuel with LNG would lower CO2 production by 12%, while with bio-LNG even more. This fuel, especially the bio one, provides a great element to deliver EU Green Deal’s goal by supporting the reduction of CO2 emissions in transport by 90%. Furthermore, the emissions of a biomethane vehicle are comparable to those of an electric vehicle powered by wind energy.

With respect to e-mobility, European CO2 standards for trucks are accelerating supply and will increase the range of electric commercial vehicle models available in the coming years. According to an innovative vision of transport and new connected services, it necessarily implies for a model Logistics Operator like Codognotto a reorganization of the logistics supply chain with investments in vehicles and new technologies, especially for the last mile delivery which represents 30% of urban traffic. In an intermodal / multimodal transport, the first and last miles are the least cost-effective and sustainable element of most supply chains. For this reason, Codognotto is constantly looking for new and effective answers to combine the increase in demand with the growing traffic restrictions and the need for decarbonisation. Accordingly, Codognotto is in contact with several electric vehicle manufacturers to implement electric mobility in the sector in the near future.

According to Roxana Caliminte, Deputy Secretary General, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) “the infrastructure we use today for LNG can be used tomorrow for BioLNG with little or no modifications. There are no stranded assets – only scale up effects for climate-neutral BioLNG. If we want to be successful in cleaning up transport, it will be crucial that the EU recognizes the vital role of LNG infrastructure in the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy.”