Since the Climate Change Act 2008 which ensures that the UK reduces their greenhouse gasses by at least 80% of the 1990 baseline, thus helping to avoid dangerous climate change; we have seen increased awareness around the environment as to how businesses can become more environmentally friendly.
Unfortunately, pollution from the transportation of goods on the road accounts for roughly 1/3 of road pollution in the UK.
However, the government and recognition schemes have been working towards producing standards to lower emissions within the logistics industry.
The transportation of goods has changed over the years in order to adhere to obligations and regulations set by the government. Changes such as the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation require companies to redeem Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates; this is all part of the wider goal towards a greener future. In 2015 the Department of Transport carried out a HGV Technology Survey stating that new HGVs are likely to be more fuel efficient and offer some carbon savings over older vehicles therefore creating less pollution in the atmosphere.
Pollution is a troubling consequence for the transportation industry. However, changes within the last 10 years such as technology and the media have enabled people to become more conscious. Awareness has aided companies to implement processes to try and lessen carbon emissions. For example, concentrated versions of liquid products (e.g. washing liquid) result in the ability to transport more products in one journey than before.
The rapid development of technology has made a huge impact for not only companies, but for people in their everyday lives. Within the last 5 to 10 years the public have changed their use of the internet from occasional to an everyday necessity. Data has shown that online sales in Europe from 2015 to 2016 grew by +15.6%. In 2017, total e-commerce online sales are expected to increase by 14.2% with further growth of 13.8% expected in 2018. A product being bought online saves larger loads being shipped to stores and potentially wasted. The increase in home delivery services has created the need for more specialist breed of transportation systems that offer greater flexibility. Transport Management Systems (TMS) can create a seamless and more environmentally friendly process to accommodate these needs by reducing empty miles, increasing customer visibility of delivery status and analysing profitability by trip, order and customer to help reduce loss making activities.
Recognition schemes such as FORS, described by the Department of Transport as a “European accreditation programme which drives best practice across the fleet industry in terms of safety, efficiency and environmental protection” reinforces what many companies are looking to achieve within their organisation. The FORS 2016 review stated that “Among the wider UK community, FORS delivered the benefits of reduced vehicle emissions, as more and more operators adhered to the strict FORS standard on vehicle condition and operation.”
Technology has become a leading force and a valuable asset in aiding the transportation industry to become more environmentally friendly. Companies using a TMS are now able to integrate various processes, enabling greater productivity. Warehouse Management Systems enable companies to understand exact amount requirements, eliminating excessive unwanted amounts of goods, and therefore optimising resource utilisation across the entire warehouse. OBS Logistics offer an integrated logistics solution combining inventory tracking from good receipt, through to the management of vehicle trips, to loading and despatch through to final proof of delivery.
The transportation of goods has changed massively over time and with the help of technological advances companies are able to reduce their overall environmental impact.
The Department of Transport continuously gathers and monitors evidence on the environmental and economic performance of businesses that operate commercial vehicles, to ensure adherence to the 2008 Act.
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