Manitou signs up to green transport charter

Manitou Group has joined the FRET 21 charter, which seeks to reduce the carbon footprint caused by transportation.

As part of its new memebership Manitou has pledged to integrate transport into its sustainable development strategy, with the objective of reducing by 8% its Greenhouse Gases (GHG) generated through road transport by 2025.

Fret 21 logo Image: Manitou

Launched in 2021, FRET 21 was initiated by the Association of Users of Transport & Freight (AUTF) and targets all relevant organisations, known as ‘shippers’, to reduce the carbon footprint of their transport by providing tools to help them decarbonise their logistics strategies. Over 350 French companies have already joined the initiative.

Manitou’s 8% GHG reduction target applies to all inbound and outbound road transport from France to Europe,  for spare parts and machinery. To achieve this, the group has defined four areas of focus: loading rate, distance covered, means of transport and responsible purchasing.

Joining FRET 21 represents the group’s first step in its global low carbon trajectory, validated in 2022 by the international SBTi initiative.

David Bechemilh, Manitou Group Transport and Customs Director, said, “Joining FRET 21 is recognition of the work carried out upstream by all our teams and transport service providers.

“To achieve our objectives, we are going to optimize the pooling of spare parts and machinery loads, while reducing consumption linked to pre- and post-shipments, by targeting ports close to our French sites, such as Montoir-de-Bretagne. We are also focusing on the use of alternative fuels when selecting our service providers.”

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