XPO Logistics Leads the Way in Decarbonisation

XPO is driving sustainable solutions forward by deploying hydrotreated vegetable oil & electric vehicles within its 4PL & transport control tower

As one of the largest providers of asset-based less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation in North America and Europe, XPO is no stranger to blazing a trail in the logistics arena. 

What might be less apparent is the organisation’s unwavering commitment to leading the industry when it comes to developing sustainable solutions. One recent example of this is XPO’s successful deployment of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and electric-powered vehicles within its 4PL and transport control tower operations, which is said to be an industry first and represents a significant sustainability achievement. 

“Sustainability is an important strategic pillar for all our customers,” explains Paul Hayes, Director of Asset Light Solutions at XPO Logistics Europe. “Together, we are exploring options to accelerate the supply chain's decarbonisation. This unique deployment and implementation of alternative fuel technologies in our 4PL operation is a leap forward for our customers on their sustainability journey.”

XPO’s decarbonisation strategy

XPO has, over the years, become a household name in the provision of innovative and sustainable end-to-end logistics solutions – both in its native US and across the globe.

That includes in Europe, where the supply chain giant is serving thousands of customers every single day with full-truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) services, pallet distribution, last-mile delivery, global freight forwarding and warehousing.

Headquartered in the US state of Connecticut, XPO and its 38,000 employees serve approximately 50,000 customers across 563 locations.

On European soil, XPO Logistics is a leading innovative supply chain company, offering end-to-end solutions that combine full-truckload, less-than-truckload, pallet distribution, last-mile delivery, global freight forwarding and warehousing services. 

Solutions are tailored to the specific needs of customers across a wide range of industrial and consumer sectors, with proprietary technology responsible for moving goods efficiently throughout the company’s network. 

In its bid to deploy HVO and electric-powered vehicles, trials were initially implemented across test routes comprising almost 3,000 miles in the UK and Ireland. The result was an emissions reduction of more than 4,000kg of CO2. 

Expanding the uptake of emission solutions in the managed transport sector aligns with XPO’s broader decarbonisation strategy, which includes increasing its use of alternative fuels. At the same time, newer low- and zero-emission vehicles are set to enter the market.

Dan Myers, Managing Director for the UK and Ireland at XPO Logistics, says it has been “hugely satisfying” to witness the business expanding its use of alternative fuels.

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