Taking the carbon out of Coca-Cola deliveries

Industry leaders in shipping and haulage – Coca-Cola European Partners, Tesco, XPO Logistics, Eddie Stobart, DPD – have established a cross-industry action group to decarbonise heavy goods vehicles across Western Europe.

The HGVzero taskforce will carry out a six-month study programme to identify opportunities for sharing charging infrastructure and accelerating the decarbonisation of their collective fleets across the continent.

A decision needs to be made about which technology is most viable at scale – hydrogen or battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Organisations will also need to prepare systemically for the transition by working together and identifying shared opportunities.

A shared infrastructure mapping exercise will require the group to come together and identify ‘hot spots’ or ‘dead zones’ in the current charging infrastructure network. The next steps will typically involve pooling existing fleet, telematics and geospatial data within the group to identify the ‘knowledge gaps’ as part of a data analysis exercise. This will determine where the group will need to engage with additional stakeholders and partners, who are able to overlay their own data with the group with the aim to fill these gaps. The data collection stage is an important step to building a strong business case in order to work alongside a solution provider in creating an enhanced ‘mapping tool’, which will support future infrastructural and site planning decisions.

The geographical scale of the challenge covers the UK and Western Europe. The types of goods moved varies from mostly pallets, with some refrigerated goods including food and drink.

Launched mid-July, the group will meet monthly, and hold 1:1 meetings to drive joint opportunities forward. Each member pays a membership fee for a six-month programme, with the view to invest further resources into shared opportunities after.

Matt Pumfrey, CEO, Innovation Gateway, organiser of the group and study, commented: “Decarbonisation of HGVs is a critical business challenge. Innovation and collaboration are at the heart of what we do, and by bringing the best teams in the world together to take action, we will reduce risks and costs and develop solutions for a climate positive future.”


Shared infrastructure mapping: To support the utilisation of charging infrastructure across common geographies and lanes

Innovation discovery: To map the innovative transition landscape for HGVs

Joint action plan: To prioritise and breakdown shared infrastructure barriers and co-create a deployment roadmap for viable HGV projects

By pooling together their immense experience and resources, HGVzero will look to develop a roadmap that will lead HGV transformation across Europe and beyond; including solutions to overcome costly and risky challenges around long to medium-haul vehicle and fuel technology, multi-fuel charging infrastructure, multi-modal efficiency, and value chain collaboration.

Ellen Young, director procurement and GB Lead, Coca-Cola European Partners, comments: “Being a part of this collaborative action group will enable us to knowledge share and invest our resources wisely to maximise success in both short- and long-term HGV projects whilst collectively improving future HGV strategy.”

Dr Nicholas Head, environmental and sustainability lead for UK and Ireland at XPO Logistics, said: “HGV decarbonisation is a systemic critical challenge that we must address innovatively and as an industry. That’s why we are particularly excited to be working with a diverse group of organisations, including our haulage peers and global shippers, to develop joint solutions that will further accelerate the sustainability of HGV transport.”

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