Schmitz Cargobull wins two sustainability awards

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Trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull wins the ’European Transport Award for Sustainability 2024’ in the ’Semi-trailer’ category for the fully electric S.KOe COOL refrigerated semi-trailer and in the ’Service contracts’ category for the Full Service Retread Tyres contract. 

Schmitz Cargobull secures the coveted sustainability award from Huss-Verlag (Germany) for 2024 – in two categories. At the award ceremony on 30 November, Marnix Lannoije, Chief Technical Officer at Schmitz Cargobull, received the awards for the fully electric S.KOe COOL refrigerated semi-trailer in the ’Semi-trailer’ category and for the Full Service Retread Tyres contract in the ’Rental, Leasing, Financing, Service Contracts’ category.

“We want to drive forward the decarbonisation of freight transport with practical, sustainable solutions that are economical for the transport company and do not represent an additional burden. We are therefore delighted with the awards for the S.KOe COOL and the service contract with retread tyres. The awards are not only a confirmation of our work, but also an obligation to further expand our range of economical and environmentally friendly solutions for our customers. There is still a lot of potential for growth here in our industry,” said Lannoije at the awards ceremony.

“We are particularly proud that we have also impressed with our new Full Service Retread Tyres contract this year. With the full service contract with retread tyres, our customers increase the availability of their trailers and also make a major contribution to resource conservation, waste reduction, and the circular economy.”

The Full Service Retread Tyres contract covers wear-related tyre changes to retread tyres as well as regular tyre and air pressure checks. The retread tyres save up to 80 percent of raw materials when compared to new tyres, with almost the same mileage. By retreading, the tyre life is optimised and valuable raw materials are used in the long term.

With the fully electric S.KOe COOL, Schmitz Cargobull has designed a refrigerated semi-trailer that is an economical solution for emission-free and fuel-saving transport without compromising on payload.

The refrigerated trailer is equipped with the S.CU ep85 electric refrigeration unit, which delivers the same cooling capacity as a diesel-powered refrigeration unit. The electric generator axle recuperates energy above a certain speed and during braking, thus extending the operating time of the refrigeration machine and reducing the recharging times of the battery taking place on the power grid.

The ’European Transport Award for Sustainability’ is awarded every two years by an independent commission of experts in various categories. It is intended to encourage companies from the transport and commercial vehicle industry to act sustainably and help to firmly anchor the principles of sustainable development. The jury is made up of renowned experts from business, science, associations, and the media with in-depth knowledge of the commercial vehicle industry.

Schmitz Cargobull has won several of these awards in recent years, most recently in 2022 for the aerodynamic S.CS EcoFLEX curtainsider semi-trailer, a curtainsider from the EcoGeneration series, in the ’Semi-trailer’ category.