Historically, logistics haven’t been focused on the impact on the environment. At NHFS, we understand that supply chains are the cause of environmental impacts like air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, toxic waste, loss of biodiversity, and long-term damage to ecosystems.
However, with the global acceptance of the effects of climate change and what causes it, companies around the world are being forced to take a look at how their supply chain impacts the environment and how they can make the process more sustainable and green. The goal is to re-evaluate now how logistical processes can be improved and be much kinder to the planet while managing to operate more efficiently, conserve energy, and conserve raw materials.
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By taking the right steps, companies can adapt the necessary eco-friendly logistics practices and add some green to their supply chain. Here are some ways every company can make adjustments and ease their environmental impact. Keep reading the blog as we discuss 3 sustainable practices.
Hybrid vehicles and other alternative fuels like Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) make a dramatic difference when it comes to your carbon footprint. With so many trucks on the road, using traditional fuels instead of alternative and more eco-friendly methods can add up, so consider making the switch for your vehicle fleet.
Furthermore, by watching your suppliers closely to see how they manage their fuel usage, you can incorporate that into your decision-making process, even if you can’t make a difference directly. Working with suppliers and other partners who are taking green logistics seriously can factor into your environmental impact as well.
Adding onto the previous point, a priority should be to reduce the number of carbon emissions created by transporting goods from one place to another. By switching your fleet to a more environmentally-friendly solution, you could drastically reduce your carbon footprint from a high footprint to a low one.
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Furthermore, reducing the distance can reduce emissions. Of course, it may not be feasible for every company, but lessening the overall number of miles driven has a significant impact, so any way to do so should be considered. Streamlining your transportation options through other means that are more efficient, like ocean transportation or by using electric vehicles, means your transport solution is much more sustainable.
Operating efficiently isn’t just helpful for your bottom line or customer service; it’s also helpful for the environment. Transportation and logistics can operate on a lot of waste that may not be considered. Whenever a truck goes on the road, the fuel costs are calculated and considered, but what about the other parts? Gallons of oil needed to keep the truck in good condition, the tires that need to be replaced every so often, the mechanical components of the vehicle that need regular upkeep and replacing over time – these all create waste as well. Having trucks on the road means wear and tear for the vehicle, so the more they’re on the road, the more wear the vehicle will experience. This affects the sustainability of the logistics company.
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The goal should be to make every logistical process as efficient as possible. Empty trucks should be on the road less, or not at all, if possible. Alternative options should be used when available, like mass transportation over the ocean, or via rail. Every movement a logistics company makes results in a growing carbon footprint, so reducing the movement reduces the waste. Be sure to get in touch with us to find out more about us and the solutions we offer.