Finland: leading medicine supplier transports goods with biogas trucks
Since Tamro’s customers can be found across Finland from large cities and built-up areas to the smallest localities, many transport kilometers are clocked up each week. That is why, from the climate impact perspective, logistics are a major factor for the country’s leading medicines and health products distributor and service provider, and is partnering with Post Nord to transport its products with vehicles powered by Gasum’s biomethane.
”When choosing our transport partners, we place great emphasis on how well the company’s responsibility work is aligned with our own and how it helps us to reach our sustainability goals. On top of this, the transport of medicines and health products is subject to strict legislative requirements, which in turn place many conditions on the fleet used in transport. This means that besides climate and environmental impacts, we also have to take into account transport fleet quality criteria,” said Katja Toivonen, Quality Manager at Tamro.
Tamro’s logistics partner PostNord has been taking care of demanding special transports in health products since back in 2019. “We aim to cut our emissions by 40% by 2025 compared to 2020 levels. In addition, we plan to switch to completely fossil-free fuels in the Greater Helsinki Region and the Tampere and Turku areas by 2025. The common goal across the PostNord Group is completely fossil-free transport services by 2030,” commented Ilmo Strömberg, Climate Lead at PostNord.
Biomethane is currently used by four trucks suitable for this type of transport. These vehicles have been fitted with special thermal control technology, which keeps the transport temperature steady regardless of the outside temperature. Tamro’s transport routes vary greatly and include heavy-duty long-distance routes, short urban routes operated using a lighter fleet and everything in between.
Demand for sustainable supply chains is growing in Finland and the other Nordic countries. More and more companies are now investing in more environmentally-friendly natural gas vehicles. This can be seen most concretely in the operations of leading companies like Tamro and PostNord.
“Tamro and PostNord are a brilliant example of a partnership where transport emissions are cost effectively reduced together. The partnership is also a concrete example of the competitive edge biogas provides to companies,” added Markku Suopanki, Senior Sales Manager, Gasum.