words by Carol King The Istituto del Gelato Italiano (Italian Ice-Cream Institute) has announced the Green Express project to transport ice cream by train. The institute says that most goods in Italy are transported by road, which has a significant impact on the environment. The Green Express project is the result of a collaboration between the Italian Environment Ministry and the primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia. Experts have estimated that the use of the railway network to move ice-cream products from a production facility to the logistics hub located approximately 435 miles away, requires the use of at least 3,500 trucks per year. Transporting those products by rail would cut carbon emissions by approximately 28,660 tons. The Green Express project is the first of its kind in Europe and is intended to become a model to imitate for goods distribution, and a way of helping safeguard the environment and reduce traffic on motorways.