By Victoria Onehi
Lafarge Africa Plc on Monday announced a significant milestone in its sustainability journey with the launch of an Electric Vehicle (EV) truck into its supply chain fleet.
This significant milestone which is in partnership with Tolaram, marks the first-of-its-kind in Africa, underscoring Lafarge Africa’s unwavering commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions for a greener future.
Speaking at the launch of the EV Truck at the company’s Ewekoro factory, GMD/CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc,Lolu Alade-Akinyemi, said: “today, as we gather here, we mark yet another significant milestone in our sustainability journey. We are proud to announce the launch of the first-ever Heavy Goods Electric Vehicle (EV) truck in Nigeria, an achievement that not only highlights our commitment to innovation but also solidifies our position as pioneers in the pursuit of environmentally responsible practices within our industry.”
Accounting to Lolu Alade-Akinyemi in a statement, the building solutions company has achieved notable milestones in its accelerating green mobility journey, “Our journey towards a more sustainable future began years ago with a vision to integrate environmentally friendly practices into every aspect of our operations. This vision has guided us through a series of significant milestones that have reshaped the landscape of our supply chain.”
Reflecting on Lafarge’s commitment to sustainable supply chain, Lolu Alade-Akinyemi stated that the introduction of the EV truck marks a significant shift towards a cleaner, more efficient, and sustainable supply chain. He added that this strategic move not only benefits the environment but also holds immense promise for all stakeholders.
In relation to this, he emphasised that the drivers, who are fundamental to the company’s operations, will now have the opportunity to operate technologically advanced vehicles that contribute to a healthier planet. Highlighting the advantages, he pointed out that EV trucks are not only quieter, smoother, and easier to operate, but also ensure better working conditions and safety for the drivers. He also anticipates that this pioneering move will lead to enhanced efficiency and an improved customer experience.
In his remarks, the Logistics Director, Lafarge Africa Plc Osaze Aghatise said the introduction of the EV Truck signifies an important achievement in the companys logistics strategy, signaling its transition to more eco-friendly and sustainable transportation practices.
“Our aim is to incorporate more EV Trucks into our fleet in the near future alongside our exploration of other sustainable transportation initiatives. This exemplifies our unwavering dedication to taking a leadership role within our industry, fostering the development of competitive and sustainable supply chain.” he said.