Sysco calls for climate change collaboration

As it launches its latest electric vehicle, Sysco in Great Britain has called for greater cross-industry collaboration

The new vehicle, which is built as part of a partnership that it hopes will be the catalyst for widespread, fully electric, multi-temperature deliveries, will become the first foodservice vehicle to carry the ‘Climate Stripes’ graphic which is designed to highlight the issue of rising global temperatures.

Peter Jackson, CEO, Sysco in Great Britain, called for greater partnership with government to support the uptake of zero emissions fleets, highlighting the challenges of a lack of infrastructure and the support needed to decarbonise commercial fleets.

“Food and transport are two of the most carbon-intensive sectors,” he said. “We have a huge responsibility to tackle climate change through our operations and inspire our customers to do the same.

“We are on a journey to create a future where a delivery of sustainable produce arrives on an electric vehicle, charged with solar panels at the zero carbon depot. This is an important step. But we cannot do this alone and we need to work in partnership with customers, manufacturers, government and the rest of the foodservice industry. We can only achieve real change if we work together.

“Our position in the food system creates an opportunity to inspire our customers to transform their menus and the food that they buy – by far the biggest portion of our own carbon emissions. We hope that the climate stripes on this vehicle will raise awareness of the challenge.”

The new DAF vehicle demonstrates the latest electric vehicle technology with a range of around 280 km and two temperature zones – frozen and chilled – powered directly from the battery, allowing frozen, fresh and ambient products to be delivered on a single vehicle. This is the next step towards Sysco’s ambition to stop buying new diesel vehicles in Great Britain by 2030.

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