git Sustainable Development – Environmental footprint of insulated containers

Sustainable development

As simple as can be – and green with it


Environmentally speaking, OLIVO’s insulated containers are pretty friendly as they provide an excellent cold chain to ensure food safety using technical means that are simple and economical.

The insulated container is so simple that you could almost doubt its effectiveness, and yet the thermal results are excellent. The insulated container is the champion of the right temperature in all situations.

The products are kept at the right temperature during transport of course, but also at the transport interfaces where the risk of breaking the cold chain is the highest. This is the case with refrigerated lorries, where the energy consumption leaps every time the door is opened.

Doing a lot with a little, reducing wasted energy – these are the challenges of modern logistics.


The design of OLIVO’s insulated containers has changed over time as recyclable construction materials and less polluting processes have been introduced:

  • Rotomoulded polyethylene has been used for the container sides since the end of the 80s in replacement of the polyester composite previously used, because it is easy to recycle and separable from the insulating material
  • The insulated boxes in the BOX range are made of EPP (expanded polypropylene), which is recyclable and moulded using steam



With no electric power and no forced ventilation, the refrigeration systems use natural convection.
The cold source, which may be a eutectic plate or dry ice, uses the physical phenomenon of the change in phase of a body that releases negative calories when it melts:

  • melting of a sub-zero eutectic solution
  • sublimation of dry ice

OLIVO’s cooling systems generate neither noise nor pollution.




OLIVO has developed cryogenic refrigeration systems such as its SIBER SYSTEM® where the user produces their own dry ice as and when it is needed. The liquefied CO2 used is a “2nd use” energy and the issue of the loss of negative calories due to storage of the CO2 ice has been resolved.