Alstom and ENGIE will help Nestle Waters France to shift to rail

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Nestle Waters France will use a hydrogen-powered freight train for the transport of VITTEL mineral water from 2025. The innovative system will be developed by Alstom and the hydrogen will be provided by ENGIE. The new system will allow for green traction of locomotives on rail sections that are not electrified, as Nestle explained. This means that one locomotive can carry transportation on the whole route.

The system entails a hydrogen-generating wagon that will supply electricity to the locomotive. The service will benefit the transport of VITTEL natural mineral water between the factory located in the Vosges and its various distribution centers in France. More specifically, Nestle Waters mentions the routes Vittel-Arles and Vittel-Montreuil Bellay as the possible beneficiaries of the service.

“Ultimately, this project should enable Nestlé Waters to reduce emissions by 10’000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year”, the company pointed out. Nestle Waters’ partnership with Alstom and ENGIE was launched last April. This project will make Nestle Waters the first European company to rely on renewable hydrogen, as the company claimed.

Nestle Waters France’s efforts to shift to rail

Nestle Waters France joined Fret21, a French movement to make freight transport more sustainable, in 2018. On the same year, the company opened a rail freight service for its Perrier’s facility in Fos-sur-Mer, in southern France. In 2019, they implemented an EURODUAL hybrid locomotive. Moreover, in 2021, Nestle Waters France launched a rail freight service named Glass Train to return VITTEL and SAN PELLEGRINO glass bottles via rail.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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