When it comes to the carbon footprint of products, logistic splays an increasingly important role. Anyone who can get their goods from pointA to point B with a minimal carbon footprint has a clear competitive advantage.
As awareness on sustainability issues becomes more widespread, green logistics are becoming a popular choice among consumers andother companies who are now demanding eco-friendly operations.
Sustainable logistics is eco-friendly practice that keeps the task of lowering carbon footprint control to its objectives. This ecological footprint may be reduced in multiple ways such as limiting carbon emissions, noise pollution, and accidents.
A green logistics company thus aims to strike a balance between financial growth and ensuring well-being for the planet and its people.
As concerns over environmental sustainability grow, rules regarding sustainable logistics have started to increase in terms of strictness, especially concerning social responsibility to customers.
These can be summarized as follows:
• Switching to efficient, eco-friendly vehicles
• Developing software that helps calculate our carbon footprint
• Supporting green logistics through innovation and technology
• Practicing the 4Rs: reduce, recycle, reuse, recover
• Shifting to the usage of renewable energy
• Getting environmental certifications
A joint effort toward sustainability
I have observed and understood the impact sustainable logistics is capable of leaving and how it can essentially be the next step for climate saving. Therefore, I believe that as a community we must join hands and strive to incorporate green logistics into our business plan.
To incentivize this further, and highlight the essentially of this practice as a tool to preserve the environment, I have summarized some of the many ways in which having green supply chains can help us contribute to environmental sustainability.
One of the most notable benefits of having sustainable logistics is the reduction in carbon emissions. Sustainable logistics run on fundamental principles that ensure the practice of eco-friendly rules aimed at reducing the carbon footprint in the supply chain. This is done in multiple ways for example limiting the usage of energy and streamlining logistics operations to bring greater efficiency. Making the process efficient is in itself quite the environmental victory because it implies that there is little to no wastage happening and so all the resources being used yield a 100% output.
A lot of research suggests that transportation is the largest contributor to EU greenhouse gas emissions. The European Union produced approximately 2.73 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021. This was an increase of over 6% when compared to2020 levels. So just by the small mindful practices that we follow here at gryn we are playing an integral role in cutting down transportation-based gaseous emissions. The reason this is so important is that greenhouse gas emissions are incredibly deadly for the environment and contribute heavily to global warming. These gasses present in the earth's atmosphere act like glass in a greenhouse, to trap the sun's heat and stop it from going back to space, resulting in global warming.
Sustainable logistics and supply chain management also help reduce waste, especially plastic waste, majorly through the implementation of recycling practices.
As a company perhaps the greatest impact that we leave because of the incorporation of sustainable logistics as part of our business plan, is that of raising customer awareness and familiarizing more people with this concept. Giving birth to ideas and executing plans requires effort and is commendable but raising awareness is what gives this purpose the wings it needs to fly! By implementing sustainable logistics we do not just successfully accommodate members of society who are striving to bring about change but also inspire hundreds of others to do the same.
Conclusively, it would be useful to point out that green logistics, though not fully developed today, haste the potential of bringing about a sustainable revolution if businesses join hands and execute ideas effectively. At gryn, we strive to do just the same. Through our intelligence platform, we are successfully building a sustainable logistics network that allows for the sharing, calculation, benchmarking, offsetting and optimizing of carbon emissions. Through gryn, shippers and suppliers can share their carbon emissions in notice and play their role in contributing to environmental sustainability.