There are many changes in today’s shipping industry. However, one particular change stands out and looks more sustainable — green shipping Recent climate change studies have led businesses to take necessary measures to reduce their carbon footprint and opt for sustainable shipping. But presently, the trucking industry is a far cry from the “green” industry that authorities envision.
It is a well-known fact that trucking has an environmental cost. Research shows that shipping plays a significant role in climate change thanks to the consistent emissions of tiny particles and carbon dioxide. For instance, the transportation industry in the United States accounts for 28% of emissions experienced. Trucks contribute 23% of these emissions, making them the largest contributors in the country.
This is no surprise because trucks cover thousands of miles daily and use large amounts of fuel and oil, thereby contributing to pollution. But thankfully, the freight shipping industry is moving towards more eco-friendly solutions. Nonetheless, carriers and companies may take a while to adapt to these forthcoming changes in the trucking industry.
In the meantime, read on to discover a few easy but effective actions that can help carriers and companies positively impact the environment.
How Can Carriers Help the Environment?
No doubt, carriers are one of the major players in the shipping industry. Hence, they can adjust how they go about their day-to-day operations and help improve the present state of the global environment. Below are a few actions carriers can take to rescue the situation.
Drive at Slower Speeds
Studies show that driving at high speeds increases truck emissions and vice versa. Therefore, if drivers moving goods can reduce their speed during transit by 5mph, emissions will reduce significantly. This will also cut down the chances of accidents and lower fuel consumption.
Take Time to Start, Stop, or Switch Speeds
Taking time to start or stop your truck or switch speeds while moving may sound simple or silly, but it works wonders for your truck’s fuel consumption. As a driver, you can reduce the amount of fuel by 5% – 10% if you follow suit. Not only will these actions positively impact the environment but also they help you save money.
Use Truck Stop Electrification
Drivers should consider using truck stop electrification for heating and cooling when they need a few minutes of shut-eye or sleep in their cabins ahead of another demanding transit. This will reduce diesel emissions and help save on fuel costs.
Enlighten Drivers on Sustainable Shipping Strategy
As a carrier, ensure that each driver on your payroll focuses on the established sustainable shipping strategy, as it can boost fuel efficiency and decrease pollution. Besides that, companies aiming to “go green” will undoubtedly prioritize carriers putting in the work, which means more business for you and your team.
How Can Companies Help the Environment?
Companies can impact the environment positively or negatively. So, if you run a company, use these tips below to positively impact your environment.
Outsource Logistics and Invoicing Services
Outsourcing logistics and invoicing services to reliable hands is one of the best ways to cut operating costs, as it can help save company resources and paperwork.
Consider Other Effective Options
For instance, companies can improve fuel efficiency and lower operating costs by using:
- Alternative fuels (Eco-friendly fuels)
- Optimized route planning, and
- Hybrid technology
Invest in Modern Sustainable Shipping Technology
Investing in modern technology is a step in the right direction. Some popular sustainable shipping technology includes computer-controlled engines, cooling innovations, and radio or heating.
Use Suitable Equipment
Some types of equipment and other eco-friendly initiatives are the perfect fit for companies looking to play a significant role in sustainable shipping. This is because they positively impact the environment and cut operational expenses.
Here are a few examples:
- Aerodynamic panels
- Auxiliary power units (APUs)
- Exhaust system upgrades
- Low viscosity lubricants
- Wide-base tires
Implement a Sustainable Packing Strategy
Some companies employ packing strategies that are not environmentally friendly, as they do more harm than good to the environment. Hence, the need for a sustainable packing strategy.
Here are some effective strategies you can opt for to make your packing or packaging more sustainable:
- Enlighten your staff on sustainable packing best practices
- Use reusable or recyclable materials
- Pack professionally (using less packaging)
- Use sustainable raw materials
- Invest in Industrial Shredders
- Steer clear of mixed materials
- Consider bioplastics
- Get rid of hazardous materials
- Use carriers with sustainable shipping practices
There are signs that customers will mostly patronize businesses that practice sustainability shipping. In turn, these businesses will reach out to carriers aligning with their goal.
Hence, we hope carriers and truck drivers can make much-needed adjustments to ensure sustainable shipping becomes a reality.