UK: Retailer Tesco is using refrigerated rail freight in the UK for the first time as part of its commitment to reach net zero emissions in its operations by 2035.
The new service – a partnership with Direct Rail Services (DRS) – will distribute chilled goods from Tilbury, Essex, to Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, by rail twice a day, seven days a week.
According to Tesco, using rail has significant environmental benefits. The 415-mile route will use DRS’ Class 88 bi-mode electric locomotives which can run on electricity and produce zero exhaust and greenhouse gas emissions. The service is expected to take at least 17,000 containers off the road each year, saving Tesco 7.3 million road miles and nearly 9,000 tonnes of CO2e