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From fields to factories, companies are making considerable strides incorporating sustainable strategies across individual stages in their supply chain.
But a key part of the supply chain that often gets overlooked is how goods are getting from point A to point B. It might seem obvious to focus on warehouses or office spaces, but because freight acts as the connective tissue between each of these stationary points in the supply chain, ‘greening’ your freight moves may just be the biggest sustainability secret hidden in plain sight.
Despite the significant contribution of freight to environmental bottom line, even leading companies are either not including it in their sustainability programs, or are just scratching the surface of what is possible. A leading reason for inaction is an uncertainty about cost-effective emissions mitigation strategies. This is particularly acute for companies that do not operate private fleets.
The fact is that identifying opportunities to reduce freight emissions is straight forward, particularly freight shippers — who contract with carriers to transport their goods from A to B. EDF distilled down the most effective actions companies are taking to reduce freight emissions into the Five Principles for Greener Freight:
With these five principles as a guide, it’s clear that corporate responsibility success stories on freight abound for companies large and small:
So, how can your company follow their lead? There are plenty of resources available to help you succeed, including:
Equipped with these tools and new insights into the possibilities and opportunities to optimize your freight system, you’ll soon be ready to take the wheel and rev up your environmental and financial goals.
Published Sep 8, 2017 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST