Essity monitors the environmental impact of its transport activities and is working on a broad front to reduce emissions. These efforts include increa-sing the fill ratio, applying various techniques to reduce fuel consumption, prioritizing transport means with less environmental impact, reducing distances traveled and strengthening purchasing procedures.
Essity’s shipping mainly comprises fiber pulp. For transport from the port to the plant, Essity uses barges and rail transport wherever possible.
Essity engages in a number of collaboration projects to cut transport emissions, such as Lean & Green in the Benelux countries, Germany and Italy, FREIGHT21 in France and numerous other local initiatives aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. Essity is also test-driving trucks with a larger cargo volume in various markets to reduce the number of trips needed to transport tissue.
Since rail transport is a carbon-efficient alternative, it is a prioritized transport means for Essity. However, rail transport accounts for a small share of Essity’s total freight, partly due to restrictions in the rail-network. Essity uses multimodal transport for distances exceeding 500 km. If there is no direct rail connection, Essity requests that its suppliers use rail to the greatest extent possible, supplemented by truck transport.