InstaFreight turns to rail for the transport of Shell lubricants

InstaFreight and Shell have agreed to collaborate in transporting lubricants from Germany to Shell’s warehouses across Europe. On Monday 22 February the companies will also start using rail freight as part of Shell’s strategy to reduce transport CO2 emissions up to 50 per cent, saving almost 260 metric tonnes of CO2 per year.

The logistics company will still use road haulage; however, it will put rail freight in the game and use a multimodal approach in its services. “By offering multimodal transportation, we go one step further in reducing the carbon footprint and enabling our clients to become more environmentally friendly”, said Philipp Ortwein, Co-Founder & Managing Director at InstaFreight.

Green logistics is the future

“I strongly believe that green logistics is the future. Anything else is just no longer justifiable considering climate change. We are glad that Shell thinks alike and pushes for green logistics solutions too”, added Ortwein. Indeed, Shell found Instafreight’s offer clearly compatible with its standards and requirements. “The transport sector has a fundamental role to play in helping global efforts to reduce emissions. InstaFreight will now be helping Shell lubricants reduce our CO2 footprint when we transport our lubricants across Europe”, stated Parminder Kohli, VP Lubricants at Shell.

For the execution of green logistics solutions, InstaFreight calculates the reduction in emissions based on the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) framework, a standardised method for calculating and reporting logistics emissions. Once this data is captured, InstaFreight analyses the customer’s needs and requirements and offers a customised approach to minimise transport emissions. Resulting measures include the reduction of empty runs and the use of combined transportation where possible.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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