Euro Pool Group, Europe's largest logistics service provider, is to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20 percent per rotation in 2025. This aligns with the goal of the pooling organisation, which with its reusable packaging, has been contributing for 25 years to strengthening the circular economy.This circular economy offers a solution for global challenges such as scarcity of resources and climate change. The products and services of Euro Pool Group, of which Euro Pool System and LPR are part, provide an immediate response to these challenges, as reusable packaging and pallets result in lower CO2 emissions in the fresh food chain, last for years and are 100% recycled.
Yet it does not stop here for Euro Pool Group. The ambitious goal of twenty per cent less CO2 emissions in 2025, when compared to 2017, supports this. This strategy sees Euro Pool Group contribute to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), formulated by the United Nations.
More sustainable transport
The sustainability report "Together towards a circular economy", indicates how Euro Pool Group intends to achieve this goal.
Firstly, the group is targeting its efforts at making transport more sustainable. By making better use of existing flows, the number of transport kilometres will be reduced. A process which takes place in close cooperation with retailers and other customers.
Secondly, Euro Pool System is working on the design of thinner trays with the same functionality, which will also contribute to more efficient transport. A pilot with Cool Rail, the refrigerated transport by rail between Spain and Northern Europe, also contributes to lowering CO2 emissions.
Together with our partners
Euro Pool Group is not alone in strengthening the circular economy. It works closely with partners in the fresh food chain, for whom sustainability is also high on their agenda. An example is Spanish company Ebaki, which produces PEFC-certified wooden pallets for LPR. Euro Pool System is joining forces with Colruyt Group, the retail chain in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, to reduce the number of transport kilometres. This way employees, suppliers and customers throughout Europe work together on an efficient, sustainable and circular food chain.
Our LPR division also contributes to these ambitious goals in many ways. In 2010, LPR was the first pallet pooling organisation that was certified for PEFCTM, THE quality mark for sustainable forest management. The company also encourages pallet manufacturers and sawmills to become certified. In 2010, the percentage of pallets with this quality mark was 22%, in 2017, it rose to 74%. The ambition is to produce 100% PEFCTM-certified wood by 2025.
LPR has also signed an agreement for the reforestation of fifteen hectares per year, in partnership with the "Plantons pour l'avenir" [Lets plant for the future] association in France. For three years,, EcoVadis, the international platform for sustainability, has awarded LPR a gold medal its these efforts.