Since London introduced the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) initiative, data shows that over 70% of vehicles have met the higher emission standards that have been set out by the Mayor, Saddiq Khan. Although not popular with many motorists, others have lauded the lead London has taken in moving to a fully sustainable future. With the spotlight now on the environment (last month’s protests temporarily edged Brexit to become the focal talking point in Britain) businesses have started doing all they can to prove their worth within an increasingly ecologically minded industry.
Delivering on a promise
Considering that annual UK road freight averages a distance of almost 20 billion kilometres, logistics companies have started investing in cleaner practices to ensure that they make a contribution to reducing the industry’s C02 emissions.
DHL provide a notable example of the kind of steps towards sustainability that are being undertaken by supply chains; the logistics giant made headlines by deploying the first ever, fully electric, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) in 2017 as part of a 24 month test phase in Berlin. As recently as May, both DPD and DHL have trialled electronic delivery vehicles in Ireland and the Netherlands; such is the demand for lower emissions.
The journey is as important as the destination
For some, DHL, with nearly unlimited resources to focus on the goal of sustainability thanks to their size, represent an unobtainable target. It is true that larger companies have more to invest in these practices; however an accumulation of small changes can go a long way. With the UK target of zero net emissions by 2050, businesses will need to reach a universal standard of complete sustainability. In preparation for this, deploying software solutions gives supply chains a much needed stepping stone, helping to move from current practices towards the deployment of exclusively electronic HGVs.
Where automation is currently a more affordable solution than deploying electric lorries, modern transport management systems (TMS) are removing manual processes and empty driver miles. Supply chain management software also comes with the added bonus of impeccable efficiency and seamless operations. Movement control for multiple pickups and drop offs along with automated route and schedule planners means users of a modern Transport Management System software spend more time carrying goods than not; the shorter distances that are electronically calculated also means less is emitted from these vehicles.
The future is inevitable but how you embrace it is completely your choice
Personal politics aside, we know that change is inevitable and that any and all steps towards sustainability must be taken now rather than later if businesses are to keep up in the future. Modern transport management systems, such as CALIDUS TMS, provide all the functions that enable eco-friendly fleet transport and paperless processes that supply chains so desperately need. The “tailored to your business” aspect and full integration with CALIDUS WMS for total, end-to-end logistics gives a multi-modal edge to the leading businesses that use the systems.
The logistics industry, the UK and the continent of Europe are all heading in the direction of making carbon footprints a thing of the past. Investing in the right supply chain software will be the difference between flourishing and floundering in a better, healthier planet that logistics companies are proudly striving to deliver.