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Gothenburg self-service gate 2019

Efficiency at the gates saves emissions corresponding to 86 circuits around the globe

An important area of focus in 2020 has been to proactively help drivers visiting the terminal daily be efficient at the gates.

Today, 99% of all trucks pass the automated gates in an exemplary manner which is an increase of four percentage points since 2019. This improvement not only has a positive impact on the customer experience but also reduces idling, and thereby carbon emissions.

Reduced handling times and the great number of drivers that pass the gates flawlessly reduced carbon emissions by 688 tonnes in 2020. This corresponds to the emissions of about 86 circuits around the globe by car.

“APM Terminals Gothenburg is Sweden’s first fossil-free terminal, but we want to keep improving our climate work. We are constantly examining how we can further reduce climate impact, not only at the terminal itself, but also outside it. The fact that simplified handling at the gates has greatly reduced idling and with it, carbon emissions, is pleasing,” says Mette Linnemann Nielsen, Head of HSSE at APM Terminals Nordic.

Record-low processing time during the 2020 Christmas holiday week

In 2020, APM Terminals Gothenburg reduced truck handling times from an average of 35 minutes to a record-low 25 minutes. This reduction is thanks to continuous improvement work with our customers and the introduction of automated gates, complete in June of last year. The results of efforts to minimise handling time at the gates were very apparent in the days leading up to Christmas.

“The pace and pressure at the terminal are exceedingly high during this particular period, normally resulting in longer processing times. This year though, we saw a 27% drop in processing times compared to the same period in 2019,” says Metta Uneman, responsible for Gate & CFS at APM Terminals Gothenburg.

Michael Olsson, driver for Lundby Åkeriet, also sees the improvements at the gates:

“During the holidays, things ran smoothly at APM Terminals. Now I barely have time for a coffee and sandwich break between runs,” he says.

APM Terminals would like to thank our lorry customers for their feedback and for the opportunity of working with you to contribute to a cleaner environment.