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Lineas named United Nations SDG Pioneer for sustainable development

27 October 2020

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As the first transport company in Belgium, Lineas was named SDG Pioneer by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research today, recognizing Lineas’ sustainable development efforts towards economy, society and environment.

Brussels, 27 October 2020 – As the first transport company in Belgium, Lineas was named SDG Pioneer by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research today. This honor results from having obtained the VOKA Charter for Sustainable Business 3 years in a row and recognizes Lineas’ sustainable development efforts towards economy, society and environment. Together with some 99 other Belgian companies, Lineas received the recognition during the ‘Dag Duurzaam Ondernemen’ of VOKA.

Sustainability is at the core of Lineas’ business. With end-to-end rail based transport solutions, Europe’s largest rail freight operator keeps 60.000 trucks off the road and thereby saves 2 million tons of CO2 every year. Rail emits 9 times less CO2, 8 times less air pollution an uses 6 times less energy than road transport.

The company’s sustainability initiatives don’t stop there. Eco-driving for example, means drivers anticipate hills, bends and stops, and reduces energy consumption by 20 to 30 percent. And to minimize impact on society and communities, by the end of 2020, 85% of wagons will have been fitted with silent brake pads.

Lineas is also a founding member of Rail Freight Forward, the Belgian Rail Freight Forum and 4F – Fret Ferroviaire Français du Futur. Each of these coalitions works towards doubling rail freight volumes by 2030. More recently, Lineas joined the Belgian Alliance for Climate Action. Concretely, Lineas will help companies evaluate their supply chain and offer tools to make them greener, while also adopting best practices from these companies to implement at Lineas.

Sustainable Development Goals
The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are seventeen pillars by the United Nations that work towards achieving a sustainable future. Ranging from ‘no poverty’ to ‘climate action’, 17 goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

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