For some time now, we have noticed that some transport routes are becoming increasingly difficult, especially road transport by truck. Certain routes, such as the route across the Alps, often make logistics more difficult. Therefore, we are constantly looking for new solutions. Alan Solki, responsible for purchasing and sales in the Waste-to-Energy (WtE) sector as well as for route allocation, put us on the right track here to the transport and logistics specialist Terratrans from Bremen.
Together with the logistics partner, the Brüning Group started supplying refuse derived fuels from Italy to northern German incineration plants at the beginning of June with a logistics concept that is new to the waste industry, the intermodal transport.
Intermodal transport combines rail and road transport in an environmentally friendly way over long distances. While a truck emits approx. 110 g CO2 per tonne-kilometre, a goods train causes a maximum of 17 g CO2 per tonne-kilometre. Thus, intermodal transport saves about 100 kg CO2 per transported tonne of refuse derived fuel on this route.
The fuel is produced and packaged according to the wishes of the incineration plants at the Italian partner companies of the Brüning Group. With the new structure and by concentrating the WtE unit on the European waste business, the international delivery of all types of refuse derived fuels is being pushed more and more within the Brüning Group. After our first project from Italy to Weener, we are already working on routes towards Scandinavia by means of intermodal transport and more are sure to follow.