New solution of refrigerated urban freight distribution allows to reduce over 11% the fuel consumption

The innovative system EFRUD was presented last 27th of June at the central office of the Federación Valenciana de Empresarios del Transportey la Logística (FVET), located in Valencia (Spain). This is a sustainable and profitable solution for the transport of refrigerated products that joins the advantages of the hybrid vehicle and the training for a more efficient driving.

The results obtained in the real deliveries tests in Rome with this innovative system showed a saving of over 11% of the consumption of fuel and, consequently, a reduction of the polluting emissions to the atmosphere.

In particular, the vehicle travelled over 8,000 kilometres in real delivery routes with perishable products in the center of the Italian capital during last year. The passive cooling system (that does not use compressor in the vehicle) has demonstrated its efficiency as it maintains the temperature between 2ºC y 8ºC.

The prototype of this system of transport, that combines the use of a hybrid vehicle and the formation for a more efficient driving, allows the companies to save costs, as well as to improve the citizens's quality of life when reducing the environmental impact and the noise that they generate in their daily activity.

Presentation of results

In order to disseminate more advances and results, the Packaging, Transport & Logistics Research Center (ITENE), the spanish representative of the European project EFRUD, organized in the central office of FVET the conference  “New challenges of the transport of goods for the improvement of quality of life of the urban areas”, where FVET, the city councils of Rome, Madrid and Valencia; Consorzio Train and ITENE were speakers.

The president of FVET, Jaime Agramunt , opened the conference. After that, the manager of the Noise impact and Environmental Assesment service of Ayuntamiento de Valencia, Elvira Brull Codoñer, talked about  the influence of the acoustic and environmental contamination in the quality of life of the urban areas.

The general manager of the Sustainability and Mobility of Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Elisa Barahona, presented the latest solutions and incentives that they have promoted for a more sustainable urban logistics.

The EFRUD project coordinator, Antonio Lioi, technician of Consorzio Train, talked about the results obtained in the pilot tests in the city of Rome, and Patricia Bellver, Transport & Mobility project manager of ITENE, presented the simulation of the solution in the city of Valencia.

Finally, there was a open discussion in which the participants had the opportunity to assess this solution for their business. This event was free and was addressed to logistic operators, carriers, retail distribution, franchises, manufacturers of perishable goods and medicines, as well as to technicians of Public Administrations.

With the financial support of the European Commission


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