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“Ajinomoto” Highlights Green Logistics: Leveraging EVs for Product Transportation

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“Ajinomoto” Highlights Green Logistics to Steer the Organization Towards a Low-Carbon Business Strategy Leveraging EVs for Product Transportation, Targeting a Reduction of 1,600 Tons of Carbon Annually

  • Allocating 40 million baht towards eco-friendly shipping and logistics in alignment with sustainability objectives.
  • Initiating pilot programs across three factories to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions across three dimensions: Loading Efficiency, Direct Shipping, and Plastic Reduction in Logistics.

 

Ajinomoto (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a global leader in the food industry, recently unveiled its latest sustainability initiative by investing 40 million baht in Green Logistics for transportation and distribution, aiming to promote a low-carbon business environment. Pilot EV electric trucks were introduced at its factories in Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, and Nong Khae-Saraburi, with a target to reduce carbon emissions by 1,600 tons annually. This effort aligns with Green Logistics principles across three key dimensions: loading efficiency, direct shipping, and plastic reduction in logistics, with the ultimate objective of achieving Net Zero emissions while sustainably promoting the well-being of Thais.

Mr. Kenji Harada, Vice President of Ajinomoto (Thailand) Co., Ltd., stated, “Our company is committed to becoming a low-carbon organization, with a strategic plan to cut environmental impacts by 50% by 2030, while striving to be a leader in promoting well-being for society and the world. One of our key sustainability goals is to halve greenhouse gas emissions. By 2024, we aim to slash our carbon footprint by 92% through the adoption of new technologies and the use of alternative and renewable energy sources, driving us towards a low-carbon business model. We have allocated 40 million baht towards developing Green Logistics within Ajinomoto’s robust quality assurance system (ASQUA) which prioritizes eco-friendly shipping and logistics handling practices. Additionally, we are pleased to introduce EV electric trucks to transport our high-quality products from factories to distribution centers. Our commitment to leveraging technology and alternative energy remains steadfast, as we work towards using 40% fully electric trucks and reducing carbon emissions by 44,000 tons annually by 2030.

Mr. Pavin Hutchesson, Associate Director of the Supply Chain Department, Ajinomoto (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said, “Ajinomoto has partnered with Yusen Logistics Thailand, a leading provider of comprehensive logistics services, and Nex Point Public Company Limited (NEX), a pioneer in commercial vehicle innovation, to develop and launch EV electric trucks to transport our products, including “AJI-NO-MOTO” MSG, RosDee, and Birdy Coffee. We are initiating pilot projects at three factories: Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, and Nong Khae-Saraburi, with plans for 11,500 transport routes annually aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 1,600 tons per year. Our strategy adheres to Green Logistics principles, focusing on three key dimensions: 1. Loading Efficiency: This involves intelligent logistics planning, AI management, and addressing defected or damaged products during transportation through the “Ajinomoto Biocycle” concept. Defected items are sent to Ajinomoto FD Green (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a green business model for the environment within our group of companies that transforms operational outputs into agricultural products; 2. Direct Shipping: We optimize transportation and delivery routes from factories to distribution centers to minimize carbon emissions; and 3. Plastic Reduction in Logistics: We prioritize maintaining packaging integrity and product quality while minimizing plastic use in product wrapping and crates. Our meticulous planning, commitment to hygiene, and partnership-driven approach to Green Logistics aim to reduce environmental impacts and promote sustainability in measurable ways.”


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