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DP World and Woolworths introduce Africa’s first axle-powered refrigeration trailer

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DP World has partnered with Woolworths to launch the first refrigeration trailer featuring revolutionary AxlePower technology in Africa. This is a groundbreaking development in sustainability for the transportation industry on the continent.

AxlePower is an advanced system that transforms ordinary road transport trailers into a source of clean and efficient electricity. Through a specially adapted axle, kinetic energy is converted into electricity, powering the refrigeration unit. This innovative technology offers tractor-independent, 100% electric cooling for trailers, using free and sustainable power that results in zero trailer carbon emissions.

Developed in collaboration with industry leaders Thermo King and BPW, this revolutionary system, having demonstrated outstanding results in recent European trials, marks a pivotal moment in advancing sustainable energy solutions within Africa’s transport sector.

Esha Mansingh, Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for sub-Saharan Africa at DP World, said: “We are proud to partner with Woolworths to usher in a new era of energy-efficient and environmentally conscious refrigeration.

“This initiative aligns with DP World’s sustainability strategy, ‘Our World, Our Future’, which ensures that we operate as a responsible business, prioritising sustainability and impact on people, the environment, and the communities in which we operate to achieve a better, more socially equitable, and sustainable future. This trailer demonstrates transformative logistics technology that can help revolutionise the way we refrigerate goods on our roads. AxlePower represents a significant step towards achieving sustainable and responsible logistics practices.”

Feroz Koor, Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability, said: “As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are excited to introduce AxlePower technology to our fleet. Following the rollout of our electric online delivery vehicles last year, this initiative aligns with our Vision2025+ goal to have net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and ambition to create a more sustainable and efficient supply chain while reducing our carbon footprint.”

To maximise the technology and sustainability benefits, this innovative trailer will operate on Woolworths’ long-haul N1 route, operated by DP World, between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Over the course of the year, a reduction of 27 tonnes of carbon emissions is anticipated on this route, showcasing the environmental impact and efficacy of AxlePower technology.

The collaboration between Woolworths and DP World on this trailer exemplifies the commitment of both organisations to championing innovation in the pursuit of a greener, more sustainable future for Africa’s logistics and retail landscape.

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