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On January 17th, 2023, a new Freightliner service will make its first journey traveling from Southampton to Crewe. For this journey, ONE will purchase GD+ fuel to cover 100% of the fuel volume required.  The train will then continue its journey to Freightliner Coatbridge terminal, Scotland, using an electric locomotive, making this one of the greenest rail freight routes in UK Rail. This innovative service will be the first of its kind in the UK and demonstrates an ambitious environmental commitment by Freightliner, ONE and their customers.GD+ is a type of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and can be used as a diesel replacement. This drop-in fuel is made entirely from waste and residue oils and is defined as renewable, environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and sustainable. Its supply chain is traceable and independently verified, a prerequisite for both organisations. GD+ generates significantly lower CO₂e emissions compared to diesel. Apart from the significant CO₂e savings, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOx), and methane (CH4) are also reduced.The train’s CO2e emission savings during its 700 KM journey are approximately 80%[1], with 70% of emissions avoided utilising electricity and 92%[2] reduced by running on GD+ when compared to diesel.   With only 38%[3] of the UK’s rail network electrified, adopting alternative fuels could be a quick and effective transition to drastically reduce the country’s emissions.

“This is an exciting and significant step forward in delivering impactful environmental benefits for the UK rail freight industry, and we are delighted to be partnering with ONE to make this happen,” said Andrew Daly, Chief Commercial Officer for Freightliner. “We are leading the UK rail freight industry when it comes to delivering decarbonisation benefits, and this initiative is further evidence of our commitment to a greener future for UK rail freight through committed customer partnerships. We will continue to invest and lead the way in this critical area of decarbonisation.”

Simon Parsons, Director of the Ocean Network Express UK Agency, comments:

“As a global carrier, we aim to be the link between customer and supplier to accelerate the transition towards a fully green supply chain. Our long-term relationship with Freightliner has enabled us to align our green ambitions and act swiftly to support the logistical needs of our customers between Scotland and Southampton. We are very hopeful to further expand our green network throughout the UK moving forward.”

About Ocean Network Express (Europe) Ltd.Ocean Network Express (ONE) was launched on April 1st, 2018, with its headquarters based in Singapore. As of this press release, ONE is the seventh largest container shipping company in the world, operating more than 210 ships at a total capacity of around 1.52 million TEUs. ONE has its global business spanning across 120 countries, with 130 weekly services. Meanwhile, ONE has been actively furthering its endeavours in environmental sustainability and digitalization in its business to fulfil ONE’s social responsibilities and deliver maximum satisfaction to its customers. Magenta is its signature corporate colour, used on its ships and containers deployed all over the world.For more information, please visit ONE at https://www.one-line.com/.
About G&W/ FreightlinerA part of Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), Freightliner is the UK’s largest maritime intermodal logistics operator, transporting containers from all major deep-sea ports to our national network of inland terminals, as well as a leading operator in the UK Heavy Haul rail freight market. Pentalver, a sister brand to Freightliner, is a leading UK container logistics services provider.Globally, G&W is a market leading owner and operator of freight railroads owning or leasing 115 freight railroads worldwide with 7,000 employees servicing 3,000 customers.For more information, please visit Freightliner at https://www.freightliner.co.uk.

[1] Source: https://www.ecotransit.org/en/[2] Source: https://www.gbf.ltd/gd[3] Source: Rail Infrastructure and Assets 2019-20 Annual Statistical Release Office of Rail & Road 5 November 2020

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