Eurlings launches the use of LHVs by Coca-Cola

Today, Camiel Eurlings, Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, officially launched the use of the first ecocombi by Coca-Cola, in the presence of John Brock, CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises. Increasingly more companies are shifting to the use of ecocombis, also known as Longer and Heavier Vehicles (LHVs) because they are more efficient and sustainable. At the European level, Minister Eurlings is arguing for wider admission of this type of sustainable transport.

Coca-Cola can increase its transport by fifty percent using LHVs. This means fewer transport runs. The commissioning of LHVs will also result in a 20 percent reduction of CO2 emissions per delivered pallet.

Together with Sweden and Finland, the Netherlands is at the vanguard of the use of LHVs. In recent years their use in the Netherlands has risen sharply. However, the possibilities for using this type of vehicle for cross-border transport are limited. In many countries, they are not allowed on the roads. At the European level, Minister Eurlings is making a case for wider use of this type of sustainable transport.

Minster Eurlings is pleased that Coca-Cola is now also using LHVs for transport. “This initiative confirms that Coca-Cola was quite justly awarded the Lean and Green Award*. By using LHVs, Coca-Cola is lessening the burden on the environment and carrying out its transport more sustainably and at less cost. I would like to express the hope that transport using LHVs will be allowed across the entire European Union and that more companies will follow the example of Coca-Cola and start using this sustainable type of road transport,” said Minister Eurlings.