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Sustainable deliveries to McDonald’s in Finland

22 JANUARY 2020

HAVI is using Scania biogas trucks for deliveries to McDonald’s in Finland.

Despite a population of just 5.5 million, Finland has one of Europe’s most developed biogas networks, with 33 public stations. Sixteen of these offer biogas in its purest form (CBG100) and 17 stations provide biogas blended with fossil methane.


With such an excellent infrastructure in place, it was unsurprising that HAVI Logistics recently switched half of its eight-strong Finnish fleet to Scania biogas trucks. After all, HAVI, which delivers food to McDonald’s and other restaurants, is committed to phasing out its fossil-fuel operations under a Europe-wide agreement it made in 2017 with Scania and McDonald’s.

“Swift action for more sustainable transport”

HAVI has worked closely with Finnish state-owned energy supplier Gasum in planning its new operations. Gasum’s gas refuelling network covers HAVI’s needs throughout Finland, and the nearest gas filling station is only 500 metres from HAVI’s Finnish Logistics Centre in Vantaa, near Helsinki.


“It’s very important for us to meet the aspirations of our customers and staff,” says Mikael Tuompo, Managing Director of HAVI Logistics in Finland. “That requires taking swift action for more sustainable transport.”


McDonald’s is reducing the carbon footprint of its restaurant operations, through biodegradable packaging materials, recycling and by expanding its plant-based menu options. But it relies on its partners to tackle transport-related issues, as Heli Ryhänen, Communications Director, McDonald’s Finland, explains:


“We focus on making hamburgers and preparing meals in our restaurants. And we trust our partners to have the necessary expertise in reducing their carbon emissions from transport.”

HAVI’s actions slash carbon emissions

The other half of HAVI’s Finnish fleet may still be diesel, but these four trucks will now be run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), which will contribute to reducing the company’s annual carbon emissions from transport by 83 percent.


Meanwhile, the HAVI Logistics Centre has undergone a major refurbishment to make it more energy efficient. In total, the measures will reduce HAVI Logistics’ carbon emissions in Finland by 1,388 tonnes a year; that’s equivalent to approximately 8.8 million passenger car kilometres.