The supply chain affects all facets of life, getting products moving across the world. Because of this, it is also a major contributor of harmful emissions. But the industry has made major efforts to enact positive change. Companies across the supply chain are working to reduce their carbon footprint, whether it’s investing in new power sources or becoming more efficient.
This Earth Day, we’re reflecting on the ways that the supply chain is becoming more sustainable. Here are a few highlights:
- Before it hits the road, cargo is often transported via air, ship, or rail. Many of the largest shipping companies are investing in sustainability. For example, CMA CGM announced it would dedicate 6 LNG-powered vessels to service its US customers.
- Ports have made efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. This includes installing solar panels, deploying zero-emission yard tractors and cranes, and encouraging drivers to adopt cleaner trucks.
- Trucks are becoming more sustainable as the industry works to develop more electric and alternative fuel models. Ikea is currently deploying electric last-mile delivery trucks to service all five boroughs of the New York City market. It plans to have 40 electric trucks delivered and fully operational by May 2021.
- Changing up the powertrain isn’t the only way truck drivers are reducing their carbon footprint. Truck drivers can save on fuel by buying aerodynamic designs, buying lightweight components, installing tires with sufficient rolling resistance, or even avoiding left turns.
At our core, one of our goals as a company is to transform local freight. By targeting the right driver at the right location for each load, we are able to reduce the number of empty miles a driver spends getting to their next job. In addition, a third of our own fleet runs on alternative fuels.
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