Nature, wildlife and humans are tied together in a very fine balance and increasing carbon emissions triggered by irresponsible logistics execution is disrupting this well-preserved equilibrium. We are choking the environment. Global warming, unpredictable changes in weather patterns, forest fires, rising air pollution, melting glaciers among others are some of the signs that reveal its suffering. But all is not lost. Embracing greener and efficient means of moving freight and minimizing carbon footprint in every way possible can help the environment restore normalcy and balance.
The Carbon Crisis
Transportation is the second biggest contributor to rising levels of GHG. Among all GHG, CO2 is the most dangerous and prevalent one and its levels today are higher than ever, primarily because we have released them into the air by burning fossil fuels. The average freight truck in the US emits 161.8 grams of CO2 per ton-mile. What makes CO2 so vicious is that it can persist in the atmosphere for up to 200 years. Hence, emissions released now will continue to warm the climate in the years to come.
Global warming is a reality. It’s happening and happening now more than ever. Rapid advancements in science and technology are putting forth scores of proof and data that climate change is fuelling disasters like floods, hurricanes, melting glaciers, drought, rising ocean levels, extreme temperatures, among others. The US transportation sector now emits 1.9 billion tons of CO2 annually and a significant contributor to global warming is rising levels of carbon emissions.
National Geographic surveys have revealed that from the Arctic to Peru, Switzerland to the equatorial glaciers of Puncak Jaya in Indonesia, massive ice fields, monstrous glaciers, and sea ice are disappearing fast. The reasons behind the droughts in Syria, supercharged Storm Desmond, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey, heatwaves in India and other Europian countries, the floods in south-east Asia and more can all be traced back to global warming.
According to an ongoing temperature analysis conducted by NASA, the average global temperature on Earth has increased by about 0.8° C (1.4° F) since 1880. Unfortunately, this spike is driving global warming.
How An Advanced Logistics Platform Can Help
Growing regulations around carbon emissions will put tremendous pressure on enterprises to embrace greener means of executing logistics activities. Hence, surfaces the need to invest in an advanced logistics platform. Such a platform can reduce miles per delivery, drastically shrink paper-work, avoid unnecessary emissions and more.
Reduces Miles Per Delivery
Advanced logistics management software leverages machine learning to enhance route planning. It empowers logistics stakeholders to unearth the most fuel-efficient route to execute deliveries. It also optimizes routes in real-time further ensuring reducing miles travelled and hence fuel consumption.
According to the International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, by reducing the distance travelled by 8 km per day, route optimization slashes an individual truck's CO2 emissions by 12 pounds per day.
Paper is a major reason for increasing carbon emission. Research has revealed that 1 tonne of paper, emits more than 1.5 tonnes of CO2 in the air. Traditional means of executing supply chain and logistics entail a heavy dependency on paperwork. An advanced logistics management platform digitalizes core supply chain and logistics processes to curb paper usage. For instance, it automates route planning making it redundant to keep physical documents. An advanced logistics management software has ePoD (electronic proof of delivery) capabilities. It allows businesses to collect delivery proofs and customer feedback in digital formats. Even reducing paper usage by 10% we can prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases.
These are just a few, there are a plethora of ways by which an advanced logistics software can reduce your organization’s carbon footprint. FarEye has been empowering businesses across the globe to execute supply chain and logistics activities in eco-friendly ways. To know more about how you can reduce your business’ carbon footprint you can download our latest report or signup for a quick demo here.