FERCAM - Emission Free Transport
FERCAM - Emission Free Transport
Emission Free Transport

Emission Free Transport

Alternative traction vehicles for medium and long-haul transport: a gradual phasing out of fossil fuels in favour of biofuels

FERCAM pays continuous attention to the management of its fleet, aiming at maintaining vehicles in line with the highest industry standards. In recent years we have made important investments for the introduction of new sustainable fuels such as BioLNG (Liquefied Natural Gas of organic origin) and the renewal of the fleet. Equally important is the intermodal transport service that significantly contributes to the reduction of harmful emissions.


BioLNG is a renewable fuel produced through the liquefaction of a renewable gas: biomethane. In 2020 FERCAM, together with other South Tyrolean companies, signed an agreement with Biogas Wipptal for the production of BioLNG. In fact, the company aims at using the manure produced by livestock farming for the production of biomethane. The biofuel thus produced generates significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The advantages of BioLNG
Vehicles with engines powered by liquid natural gas require a higher initial economic commitment, but offer important advantages for environmental protection:
  • 99% reduction in particulate matter
  • NOx reduction by 60%
  • Reduction of vehicle noise compared to the threshold values of Euro V vehicles
  • Up to -10% of emitted CO2

Pure Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO)

Another step towards more sustainable logistics

FERCAM has the opportunity to offer transport with vehicles powered by the new pure HVOlution hydrogenated biofuel. This is a new-generation diesel fuel that allows us to reduce CO2eq emissions calculated along the entire supply chain (so-called "Well to Wheel") by up to 90% (*)
At the Bolzano site, FERCAM has activated its own internal distribution pump for the supply of batches of pure HVO fuel, certified as coming from waste materials of biological origin.
In fact, pure HVO is not yet available at traditional filling stations. In this first phase of the project, the refuelling is foreseen for a few vehicles that carry out regular services, on routes that provide for the daily return to the headquarters. In particular, the vehicles in circulation in South Tyrol and destined for the laundry service of the hospitals in the Province of Bolzano will be fuelled with HVO fuel, as well as a truck for daily transalpine transport between Bolzano and Munich.

(*) 2020 ENI data. The reduction is intended calculated in relation to the fossil-mix reference, under the “REDII” Directive.

The benefits of HVO hydrogenated biofuel

Euro VI Diesel

At the beginning of 2021, FERCAM set the goal of renewing its fleet through a gradual replacement of the old engines with those at Euro VI. For the replacement of our fleet, we have established solid and long-term partnerships with Mercedes and IVECO. We make this commitment to maintain and comply with our Green corporate policy, in compliance with the FERCAM2025 Strategy
The goal is not only to have safer and more efficient vehicles but above all to have a lower impact on the environment.

Intermodal transport

An eco-sustainable and efficient solution

FERCAM also transports annually around 24,000 load units with the combined rail/road system, with benefits in terms of fewer vehicles circulating on the roads, reduction of the consumption of energy resources and of CO2 emissions: the intermodal transport system allows on average a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to road transport. In 2021 FERCAM carried out over 29,000 intermodal transports: emissions of over 33,000 tons of CO2 were avoided. 
FERCAM intermodal transport