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The UK is set to benefit from a reduction in greenhouses gases following a new deal between container line Ocean Network Express (ONE) and rail operator Freightliner for guaranteed rail wagon capacity.

The operators signed a contract which will save 118,320 road miles every day, with 67% less greenhouse gas emitted.

ONE said it would save 180 tons of CO2 a day on inland transport, a 13% greater saving than when the three companies which form ONE – MOL, NYK and K-Line – were operating separately. ONE added that reducing its carbon footprint was part of its core values.

“Our customers want a service that meets all their requirements in terms of reliability, safety and sustainability,” said Derek Wakeling, product and network director at ONE Europe.

“With ONE and Freightliner working together in partnership, everyone benefits from a significant reduction in carbon emissions and we can continue to provide the high level of service that our customers expect from us.”

Adam Cunliffe, CCO of UK/Europe for Freightliner’s parent Genesee & Wyoming, added: “I am delighted that Freightliner has been awarded this significant contract, recognising our positive track record of performance, reliability and scale of delivery.

“Having previously worked with all three Japanese shipping lines, we look forward to continuing our close working relationship with our ONE colleagues and to making a positive impact on our environment, as well as easing congestion on our roads by moving more freight on rail.”

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