The logistics industry has been taken many active measures to help conserve the environment. More and more truckers are switching to more environmentally friendly transportation means and methods just to reduce their carbon footprint. Discussed below are some of the ways and strategies the logistics industry is taking to help save the environment.
1. Contracting Environmentally Friendly Vessels
The latest eco-technology advancements have seen many shipping vessels redesigned for improved fuel efficiency, speed, and use of electric motors to boost performance. With these ships travelling faster with less fuel, you can be assured of lower carbon footprint with each trip. In addition to this, many of these ships use low sulfur diesel, hence reduced emission of greenhouse gasses.
2. Use Ecological Containers
Containers used to store shipments have also improved significantly over the recent past. Many of the containers used by logistics companies feature bamboo flooring for enhanced insulation. Containers meant for the transportation of perishables also come with low electricity consumption refrigerators. This is to say, there’s a reduced risk of perishables going bad, and the containers take up less electricity from the truck or ship.
3. Use ‘Green’ Trucks
While it may take some time to see an all-electric powered truck, manufacturers today have designed hybrid vehicles that help improve fuel economy. In addition to these trucks having better fuel efficiency, they offer better performance hence capable of taking on even the heaviest loads without using up too much fuel. Fleets running on green trucks have been able to reduce fuel usage by up to 30%. This is actually food news for the environment considering the size being moved.
4. Use of Solar-Powered systems in Offices
With the urge to cut down on electricity bills, more and more logistics departments are investing in solar-powered systems. One of the main benefits of such systems is that they can run solely on solar power even late into the night. Many of these systems, especially hot water systems, come with a battery backup system to ensure continued supply of the same even after dark. Some companies are even investing in larger photovoltaic systems that can power entire operations systems.
5. Collaborative Distribution
Some trucking companies have also taken the initiative to distribute goods collaboratively. This means loads destined for same destinations are allocated to one trucking company, and the rest to the other. The main idea here is to save both time, money, and fuel in the process. Instead of two trucks heading the same destination, one takes it all, leaving the other to handle other tasks. Collaborative distribution is one of the best ways the logistics industry can use to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and fuel use.
Other ways that trucking companies use to reduce carbon emissions include regular servicing, taking shorter routes, using the appropriate truck to ferry goods, and installing aerodynamic panels on trailers. Switching to the better and more powerful environmentally-friendly engines is also another way to cut down on carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing idling time especially at checkpoints, and route planning are other measures these companies take to reduce their carbon footprint.
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