Press Release


TNT starts bio fuel pilot in India

Publish Date : 2 April 2007 at 08:30 CET - Amsterdam/Mumbai – TNT, one of the world's leading express companies, launched a pilot project in India to use bio fuel for its delivery vehicles. The initial phase will see specially trained drivers run three bio fuel trucks between Pune, Nasik and Bangalore, covering a total of 45,000 kilometres per month. Routes and driving times are optimized to further reduce carbon emissions. If the project proves efficient, TNT intends to expand it within its Indian fleet of vehicles.

Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer of TNT, said: “Environmental quality is a priority for TNT. More efficient and eco-friendly vehicles can help reduce the environmental impact of TNT's fleet. We are also pleased to contribute to the Indian government's bio fuel policy.”

The Indian government already promotes bio fuel trains for transporting passengers and freight. Close to 44 million hectares – equivalent to two-thirds of the Netherlands' area – of degraded forest land are currently used in India for growing the vegetation needed for alternative fuel. Local farmers will benefit from growing bio fuel crops, which can be a new source of revenues and jobs.

TNT's bio fuel pilot project in India is part of the company's global “Driving Clean” initiative to improve its environmental performance. TNT is already using alternative fuels and technologies in a variety of pilot projects in the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Australia.

About TNT
TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and is expanding operations worldwide to maximize its network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs around 139,000 people. Over 2006, TNT reported €10.1 billion in revenues and an operating income of €1,276 million. TNT N.V. is publicly listed on the stock exchanges of Amsterdam and New York. TNT recognizes its social responsibility, and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environmental Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world.

About TNT's express division
TNT's express division is one of the world's leading business to business express delivery services providers. It delivers 4.1 million parcels, documents and pieces of freight a week to over 200 countries using its network of over 1,200 depots, hubs and sortation centres. The division operates over 23,400 road vehicles and 44 aircraft and has the biggest door-to-door air and road express delivery infrastructure in Europe.

TNT's express division employs over 54,000 staff worldwide (as per the end of 2006). It is the first organisation to have achieved global recognition as an Investor in People. The division reported revenue of €6.01 billion in 2006. The operating income was €580 million, up 21.8 % compared to 2005. Visit the TNT express division online: http://www.tnt.com/express

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