Article. Energy in fokus - from Kyoto to Copenhagen. - AgroTech

Article. Energy in fokus - from Kyoto to Copenhagen. - AgroTech

Af: Søren Møller Sørensen • COO (Chief Operations Officer), Container Centralen a/s,

Plants on wheels reduce the

Since 1976, pot plants in Europe have increasingly been transported

on trolleys – the CC Containers from Container Centralen (CC).

This has optimised horticultural logistics tremendously

In the beginning, transportation costs

and waste due to damaged plants and a

lot of one-way packaging were the major


In the 21st century, the environmental gains

of reusable transportation items have also

become a focal point on the agenda.

Standard for plant logistics

To optimise horticultural logistics, the largest

plant exporters in Denmark came

together in the mid 1970s to develop a

transportation unit and a complementary

management system. This resulted in the

reusable CC Container and the CC Pool

System, which is now the leading transportation

system for pot plants in Europe,

including inter-continental flows, e.g. from

Asia or Latin America. CC Containers are

produced in Asia, and they are loaded

with young plants on their maiden voyage

to Europe. Transportation of empty CC

Containers is avoided, and combining

the transportation of new CC Containers

and young plants reduces CO2 emissions


The CC Container was developed to

fully use the space in a cooled truck. At

the same time, the introduction of the CC

Pool System made it possible to exchange

empty containers for full and vice versa.

sThis decreased the need for transportation

of empty containers. When empty

containers now and then have to be transported

– e.g. when sent for repair and

maintenance – they can be disassembled

and condensed to a fraction (1/10) of their

loaded volume.

Further improvements

Needless to say, the CC Containers can

be used over and over again, eliminating

the need for one-way packaging that contributes

negatively to the CO2 account

due to more production, waste disposal,

and a poorer utilisation of space in cooled


Also, space utilisation in warehouses is

better since there is no need to allow for

space for the forklift handling, reducing

energy for light, heating, etc.

Thus the CC Pool System, including the

When the CC Container was developed in the mid 1970s, the aim was to reduce costs in the logistic chains.

An extra bonus of optimised logistics is the reduction of the carbon footprint. The CC Container has contributed to this since 1976.


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