Sustainability in the Haulage Industry
June 11, 2020
Sustainability in the haulage industry has been an ongoing operation in order to reduce its negative impact on the environment. This cannot be achieved by solely looking to eliminate certain procedures but by reducing causes of environmental problems and improving individual processes.
Here are some indicators on how the haulage industry can become more sustainable whilst still retaining its efficiency and working transportation methods.
Ways to Increase Sustainability in the Haulage Industry
Reduce Carbon Emissions & Carbon Footprint
The most apparent area of the logistics industry that needs improving is the carbon emissions. Obviously, the sector involves moving goods from one location to another using various vehicles and modes of transport. With many consuming fossil fuels which are ultimately releasing carbon emissions into the atmosphere, solutions need to be found to reduce this.
Sustainable solutions for transportation have given the haulage industry the ability to achieve a low carbon footprint. One resolution is to look at the number of miles that are travelled in a day and seeing how you can reduce this; the less miles travelled, the less harmful gases are released into the atmosphere. Also, electric vehicles are effective alternatives to transporting goods across great distances and should be implemented as normality.
Looking After Vehicle Components & Reducing Waste
Looking further into transportation within logistics and the ways in which it can become more sustainable, it is important to recognise the amount of waste that is produced in addition to carbon emissions. Wear and tear of tyres and overconsumption of oil are some examples, however, they are only produced by inefficient transportation procedures.
By reducing the journeys where empty vehicles are being moved, by driving responsibly on the roads and avoiding damaged tarmac, and by keeping to the speed limits, the life cycle of vital parts of the vehicle will be increased. Therefore, replacements will not be needed for longer and the company’s carbon footprint can grow sustainably.
Bringing Energy Consumption Down Altogether
Energy consumption is present not only in the shipment and transportation of goods, but also throughout the entire supply chain. The most energy efficient way to transport goods is usually the fastest, but it is not always about speed; the way you pack and determine how many pallets are going to be shipped at one time, that’s how you enhance efficiency.
Instead of delivering different items in different vehicles, try and group them together in one and transport them this way. Also, by taking a look at your warehouse procedures, you can save time and energy in operations, such as loading and packaging, to help become more efficient in your processes overall. Get products delivered on time whilst saving energy.
Sustainability at Cross Country Carriers
At Cross Country Carriers, we understand that our consumers are becoming more conscious about sustainability and the Environment.
If you are looking for a conscientious haulier who is always looking for new and improved ways of reducing its carbon footprint, then contact us today.