Optimized transport modes reduces environmental impact

Distribution set-up for customers located in Sao Paulo


Carriers previously collected goods in the SKF Distribution Centre in Jordanesia and goods were transported to the carriers’ hubs for sorting before being delivered to the final customer. The newly implemented carrier setup uses space at SKF's premises for sorting instead of sending the goods to an additional hub. This allows shorter distances to the customers in Sao Paulo, which decreased CO2 emissions. In addition to that, SKF Brazil changed its FTC forwarder where trucks of Euro 6 class are used for long distances.  

Those two activities together led to a 30% CO2 reduction from first half of 2015 to first half of 2016.

Reducing Air freight in India

SKF reduced emissions on routes by 30% by avoiding airfreight to numerous distributors in India. This was made possible through increased awareness between distributor and SKF, better planning of inventories and reduced lead times by sea transport. The total cost was also significantly reduced.

Intermodal solutions from Italy to Turkey

SKF Logistics and Demand Chain re-routed its transport from Airasca in Italy to Istanbul Turkey in 2013. The new route includes roll-on-roll-off service using sea freight from southern Italy to Istanbul. This action resulted in a significant improvement of transport efficiency – reducing length of transportation, introducing a more efficient transport mode by sea and improving the fill rate of the transport – for this closed lane the total emission was reduced by 15% and the emission per tonne-kilometre was reduced by about 40%.

Biogas trucks

All truck transportations from the factory in Gothenburg to the harbour are now made using trucks exclusively running on biogas and biodiesel, This has reduced the CO2 emissions related to this task by between 70-80%.

Barging outperforms road

In Belgium SKF started to utilize river barging for transports between our warehouse in Tongeren and the port of Antwerp. The programme has proved very successful - since 2007, we have been able to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions for this setup by over 50%.

Reducing airfreight to Moscow

In 2012, SKF Logistics Services successfully eliminated one air shipment per week between the distribution centre in Tongeren, Belgium and the warehouse in Moscow, by switching to road transportation. 

As a result, the the related greenhouse gas emissions for this flow have been reduced by 18%, while the transport volume has increased by 19%.

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