MOZAMBIQUE – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) in Mozambique has launched its first fleet of gas-powered delivery trucks to reduce fuel costs and improve vehicle safety.

According to the company, the first two vehicles that have been converted to run on compressed natural gas and diesel are not only more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

In addition, the trucks are more economical to run and because of the size, structure, and location of the gas tank, they are safer compared to ordinary delivery trucks.

Duncan Wyness, general manager of Coca-Cola Sabco, the subsidiary of CCBA in Mozambique, said: “At CCBA, we are a proud industry leader in developing increasingly sustainable ways to manufacture, distribute and sell our products. We use our industry leadership to be part of the solution to achieve positive change in the world and to build a more sustainable future for our planet. “

“We aim to create greater shared opportunity for the business and the communities we serve across the value chain. Opportunity is more than just money. It’s about a better future for people and their communities everywhere on the African continent.”

He added that environmental sustainability is more than just another corporate social investment, but a fully integrated part of doing business.

Wyness noted that reducing the environmental impact requires continuously improving processes, enhancing innovation, and strategic allocation of resources and investment.

According to him, this move to gas-powered vehicles is one aspect of CCBA’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

According to her, in Africa and other developing economies, the market for recycled plastic in many countries is too small to support investment in costly recycling plants, yet the rules governing the movement of plastic waste across borders prevent the establishment of such plants to service more than one country.

In October 2022, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) strengthened its partnership with the national and provincial government to invest in road safety initiatives, as well as its commitment to carbon emission reduction.

CCBSA was in the middle of a five-year pilot Smart Truck Project aiming to redesign Performance-Based Standard (PBS) trailers to minimize damage, improve safety, and reduce congestion on the roads.

This approach uses performance-based standards, which specify the performance required of a heavy vehicle on particular routes, bearing in mind both safety and the nature of the road infrastructure itself.

The project was initiated in 2019 to run a 44-pallet PBS trailer between Bloemfontein and Upington. The PBS trailer is 27.9 meters long and can transport 44 pallets compared to the conventional 30-pallet trailer.

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