Meeting emission targets possible through active efforts

15. September 2020 14:00:00

Oyj Ahola Transport Abp has proven that the European Union's climate targets for 2030 for non-emissions trading sectors can be achieved, even significantly before the target. Calculations made by the University of Oulu in Finland and verified by the certification company DNV-GL show that the logistics group has succeeded in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 59 percent compared to the 2005 reference values, already in 2019. In practice, this means that the EU target is met a full ten years in advance.

The efforts towards more environmentally friendly alternatives for customers continue at Ahola Transport. This year, the company aims for a reduction of an additional 5% compared to the previous year, which means that the total emission reduction amounts to 61%.

Finland's share of the EU2030 target is a 39% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in non-trade sectors compared to 2005 levels. Ahola Transport wants to respond to both customer requirements as well as national and international environmental requirements through continuous development of its environmental efficiency.

“Our work towards environmental efficiency is closely related to the well-known principle used in the development of industrial processes, elimination of waste. This not only enables us to meet our environmental targets but also enables us to respond efficiently to customer needs, ”says CEO Hans Ahola.

In 2005, 800 million tonne-kilometers of goods generated 44,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, in 2019 only 18,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide at Ahola Transport. (The calculations are based on the report verified by DNV GL).

"Our long-term digital development work has been crucial in reducing emissions," says Hans Ahola.

In practice, carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption have been reduced at Ahola Transport through a higher degree of utilization, less empty driving and continuous training in eco-driving for drivers. In addition, the development of vehicle technology, the development of new transport solutions and the use of renewable diesel fuels have contributed to reducing emissions.

The unifying factor for all these aspects is digitization, which makes it possible to measure and report the actual emissions as well as to plan and optimize the routes effectively.

“We have invested in the development and use of digital systems for more than 20 years and in recent years the development has been rapid. We are happy with what has been achieved so far, but the work for more environmentally friendly transport is constantly ongoing”, says Hans Ahola.