Our ambition

As a logistics organization, we are acutely aware of our environmental impact. Therefore, our ambition is to reduce our CO₂ emissions by 30% by 2030 from the year 2019. We are committed to this goal for the sake of our customers, our employees, and most importantly all future generations. In doing so, we aim to reconcile our ecological impact with our economic ambitions. To achieve our objective, we have developed a clear strategy comprising several key points.

The Sustainability Program

To meet our objectives, we have chosen several paths. By adopting multiple options, we can adapt to innovations and developments in sustainability within the logistics supply chain. One of our current focal points is the use of HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) instead of regular diesel, which immediately reduces CO₂ emissions by 90%. Additionally, we closely monitor the development of BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) and PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) and pioneer their implementation. In 2022, we purchased our first PHEV, and in 2024, we will add a BEV to our fleet. We also consider environmental factors in our fleet composition and deployment. We maintain a rigorous investment program to keep our fleet young, and whenever feasible, we deploy LZVs potentially running on HVO. To further reinforce our program, we engage in CO2 compensation.


HVO, or Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, is a fuel produced from vegetable oils and waste materials such as animal fats. By using hydrogen, biomass is converted into a usable fuel that can directly replace the diesel currently in use at a 1:1 ratio. Additionally, we can manage and blend our HVO stock with our regular fuel at our home bases without causing performance issues for our trucks. This makes it a solution that can be implemented directly and universally for every client. HVO results in a direct CO2 reduction of approximately 90% compared to regular fuel.

Full Electric – BEV

The development of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) has surged in recent years. While there were initial suggestions that hydrogen would emerge as the winner, electric trucks, much like electric cars, seem poised to shape the future. Jan de Rijk Logistics’ focus is therefore to invest significantly in electric trucks in the coming years, especially as they reach ranges capable of connecting major hubs in our networks. Hence, we are also investing in charging facilities at our largest hubs and home bases.

Hybrid – PHEV

Hybrid vehicles, or PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles), are well-suited for electric driving in areas where necessary. Outside these zones, regular diesel or HVO can be used to cover longer distances and recharge the hybrid systems meanwhile. When combined with HVO, this results in a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions and enables compliance with emission-free zones. At Jan de Rijk Logistics, we have been testing a PHEV for some time and have gained expertise in deploying PHEVs effectively.

Hybrid Scania


Longer vehicles, known as LZVs, enable more goods to be transported with almost the same fuel consumption. For several years now, we have been using LZVs within the Netherlands to conduct line hauls as efficiently and sustainably as possible. Nowadays, this can also extend beyond national borders, and in 2022, we introduced the first LZV transporting air freight. Additionally, this can once again be operated using HVO, resulting in a CO2 reduction far exceeding 90%. Not only is this efficient, but it is also much better for the environment.

Intermodal Transport

In addition to all trucking solutions, we already have a highly environmentally friendly alternative available: transportation by train. Via our Freight Solutions department, we can offer intermodal solutions on many corridors throughout Europe. Together with our customers, we can always aim for the most sustainable solution, considering the operational and performance KPI’s.

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