Alliance formed to decarbonise freight transport
The European Clean Transport Network Alliance (ECTN Alliance) has been formed by CEVA Logistics, ENGIE and SANEF to accelerate the decarbonisation of long-haul trucking in Europe.
The Alliance’s primary objective is to develop a network of terminals for trucks strategically located throughout Europe’s motorways. These terminals will be equipped with high-power electric chargers and pumps for biogas and green hydrogen.
When operational, the ECTN solution will address current battery capacity issues and improve truck drivers’ working conditions by giving them rest stops and enabling them to stay closer to home.
Long term, the terminal network will be open to all shippers and carriers, offering simple access to low-carbon biogas, hydrogen, and electric energy solutions for charging and refuelling trucks. Strategically placed on European motorways, the network will include a specific IT solution to enable transport companies to plan their routes and charging schedules in the fastest and most carbon-efficient way.
The Alliance will conduct a proof of concept (POC) in 2023 between the Lille and Avignon metropolitan areas in France to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept before deploying it on a European scale.
Luc Nadal, Regional Managing Director for Europe, CEVA Logistics, said: “ECTN Alliance members strongly believe that private–public alliances have a key role to play in accelerating climate solutions. The ECTN Alliance is based on a pioneering, holistic approach to decarbonising long-haul trucking. We are proud to launch this bold initiative with best-in-class companies, whose combined expertise will contribute to the success of the project.”
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