Procter & Gamble has hit its target to transport 30% of its goods by rail three years early.

As part of a carbon reduction scheme, the fmcg giant pledged in 2009 to increase its use of rail freight from 10% to 30% by 2015. But it said this week it had already reached the target.

It has developed rail services along all Europe’s main freight ‘corridors’ and in the UK, it serves Tesco’s distribution hubs directly through combined transport services.

“We have more than five combi-trains operating each day, which provide rail freight services between warehouses,” said Didier Delmotte, P&G’s product supply operations director for Western Europe.