Between 2012 and 2015, the European pallet-pooling specialists, LPR-La Palette Rouge (a Division of the Euro Pool Group), reduced its emissions of CO2 from 672 to 576 tonnes, coming at the request of its customer, Coca-Cola Enterprises.
“In the framework of its program of sustainable development, Coca-Cola Enterprises set us a target to reduce CO2 emissions related to our pallet-pooling business by 15 percent in 3 years, and more specifically in the optimisation of pallet transport flows,” explained Emmanuelle Raynaud, LPR Director for Sales. “Since we are very enthusiastic about environmental issues, it was quite natural for us to accept the challenge.”
La Palette Rouge collects, sorts, repairs and delivers a million pallets a year to the bottling plants at Castanet, near Toulouse, and Pennes Mirabeau, near Marseilles, and to meet the challenge implemented optimisation measures on three fronts: the pooling of transport resources, a better management of return flows so that trucks do not return empty, and finally a better pallet-loading rate on trucks.
“The application of all these measures enabled us to achieve the objective we had been set,” Emmanuelle Raynaud stated. These two historical partners – LPR has been working with Coca-Cola Enterprises since 2002 – had also initiated a project for transport sharing in the Midi-Pyrenees region in 2011. This had already allowed a substantial reduction of “empty kilometres” (from 113 to 10 km), or a reduction of 50 tonnes of CO2, on a single rotation.
Over a period of more than 20 years, Euro Pool Group has developed into the largest logistics service provider of reusable standard packaging in Europe: a success that it says it shares with all the parties in the chain. Today it provides a network of approximately 150 service centres in 12 countries.
Euro Pool Group consists of Euro Pool System and La Palette Rouge (LPR): two divisions with their own history and expertise in the area of packaging pooling. While Euro Pool System, with its reusable trays and foldable crates, has become the standard in the European chain for fresh and packaged food, LPR with its innovative pooling systems for pallets, has assumed a leading position in the FMCG sector.