Efficient and eco-sustainable logistics are important elements of the FCA value creation process.
In recent years, we have significantly reduced both the environmental impact and the cost of our logistics activities. This has primarily been possible through increased use of reusable packaging and optimization of transport flows throughout the supply chain which has reduced emissions and traffic associated with the movement of materials, components and finished products.
In 2010, the Group published the Green Logistics Principles as part of a process of greater coordination with our logistics partners. These principles focus on four main areas:
- low-emissions transport
- intermodal transport solutions
- optimized use of available transport capacity
- reduced use of packaging and protective materials.
Several initiatives have been launched in support of these principles.
In EMEA, Mopar Parts and Service increased the use of reusable containers in 2014, leading to a year-over-year reduction of more than 1,000 tons of cardboard and wood used in packaging and shipping, and generating €150,000 in cost savings.
In addition, increased use of reusable containers on international routes to and from NAFTA resulted in a further reduction of 201 tons of wood between July and December 2014.
We have also set targets for increased use of low emissions and alternative fuel vehicles in our fleet, which will further improve environmental performance and costs.
In 2014, the Group purchased 24 new Euro VI trucks for transport operations in EMEA and ordered 179 compressed natural gas trucks for FCA Transport fleet in NAFTA.
FCA is also engaging external carriers through Green Clauses in contracts, questionnaires, workshops and certifications.