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LTG Cargo's Eco-Friendly Vision: Bridging East and West with Sustainable Transport

LTG Cargo's Eco-Friendly Vision: Bridging East and West with Sustainable Transport
photo: LTG Cargo / Public domain/LTG Cargo
07 / 01 / 2024

LTG Cargo is expanding its intermodal transport operations in the region. As businesses across Europe seek more sustainable logistics solutions, LTG Cargo aims to increase its share of environmentally friendly transport, creating transport links with Western Europe.

Focus on Sustainable Intermodal Transport

The European Commission estimates a 40 percent increase in road freight transport by 2030 and nearly double by 2050. Road transport is one of the most polluting modes, accounting for over 30 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in transport within the European Union.

"The European Union's transport policy is geared towards reducing road transport, promoting more environmentally and energy-efficient transport methods. Intermodal transport is one such method. We have set a strategic goal to promote sustainable goods transportation. We aim to be the central intermodal transport link between our region and the West," says Eglė Šimė, manager of LTG Cargo.

LTG Cargo plans to develop connections to Germany (Duisburg) and Poland (Slawkow), enhancing intermodal transport services. Active development in Poland sees LTG Cargo Polska rapidly expanding with a fleet of 31 locomotives.

European Institutions Encourage Change

European institutions are driving the shift towards intermodal transport. European Commission directives aim to make combined transport more competitive by minimizing road transport segments.

"Europe's message to transporters is clear - the social and environmental costs of transport should follow the 'polluter pays' principle. There is increasing pressure on European businesses from consumers to ensure sustainable product transportation. Therefore, businesses need to find innovative, sustainable transport methods and integrate the entire system more effectively," Eglė Šimė explains.

According to Šimė, LTG Cargo is leading the way in the Baltic region, planning new routes that connect Lithuania with other Baltic countries. To promote sustainable logistics, the company is investing in electric locomotives and encouraging clients to utilize carbon dioxide certificates.

Urgent Need for Sustainable Solutions

European logistics leaders like Girteka, which operates Europe's largest truck fleet, are also focusing on intermodal services, aspiring to become a leading supplier in Europe.

"We combine different transport modes. Our initiatives aim to increase sustainability and offer innovative ways of transporting goods. To achieve this, we need close cooperation with partners and customers and a thorough review of the entire transport network," says Viktorija Terekė, head of sustainability at Girteka Europe West.

V. Terekė highlights the challenges of existing infrastructure and calls for infrastructure development, coherent subsidy policies, and legislative harmonization. "Germany is advanced in terms of subsidies. Other countries might benefit from similar approaches," she assesses.

Source: LTG Cargo