Thinking Green Shipping Solutions? Think C.L. Services.
For 25 years, C.L. Services has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to corporate responsibility. We firmly believe in building a greener future, and as an EPA Certified SmartWay® Carrier, C.L. Services represents the top 4% of carriers in the United States that are willing to go the extra mile to ensure this becomes a reality. This designation certifies that C.L. Services measures, benchmarks, and tracks our efforts to increase efficiency and fuel economy to create a greener road and cleaner future.
While the logistics industry is an integral part of the global supply chain, in recent years, it has also become increasingly apparent that the continued health of the world’s economy depends on efforts to mitigate climate change. Fortunately, change is on the horizon for freight shipping. Whether it be from government regulations, shareholder demands, or simply business ethics, shipping businesses are coming to see green logistics as a necessity and adopting innovative changes with open arms.
We’ve outlined five moves your organization can make toward a greener future. From more fuel-efficient vehicles to optimization algorithms, the logistics industry is beginning to create world-changing investments in green technology.
Maintain Your Fleet
Making logistics vehicles more fuel-efficient is among the most impactful, and obvious, strategies when it comes to green logistics. Some of the common best practices of logistics fuel efficiency include:
- Reducing vehicle speeds and discouraging operators from driving aggressively to enhance fuel economy
- Properly inflating and maintaining vehicle tires
- Incorporating sensors in trucks in order to collect and measure data on driver behavior and vehicle efficiency
- Performing regular preventative maintenance on fleet vehicles to keep them in top shape.
Cleaner, Innovative Fuels
Slowly but surely, cleaner fuels are making their way to the trucking industry. This is also a particularly important issue in marine logistics, where cargo ships have long been powered by heavy fuel oil. In 2020, the International Maritime Organization introduced a ban on high-sulfur bunker fuel and required all ships to transition to a low-sulfur version. The transition has not always been painless, but it’s a necessary step toward eco-friendlier marine shipping.
More Efficient Packaging
Packaging has long been one of the most significant sources of pollution in the supply chain. Much of the plastic used to wrap and protect goods for transport eventually finds its way to landfills or oceans, where it can remain for centuries to come.
There are many different eco-friendly packaging styles available, from simple recyclable plastic to materials made from compressed fibers, which are biodegradable. Even steps as seemingly simple as reducing the weight of packaging can be effective. Lighter packaging weighs less and those weight savings can add up to a significant reduction in fuel usage.
LTL, less-than-truckload, shipping takes cargo from multiple shippers and loads it onto the same truck. The popularity of LTL has steadily increased in recent years, with many shippers utilizing it for its cost-effective nature and efficiency for small and medium businesses.
However, LTL isn’t just cost-effective—it’s also a greener way to ship. By consolidating multiple shipments into one, LTL shipping reduces the number of trucks on the road and, in turn, the amount of fuel consumed.
Working with an LTL shipper does mean that your cargo will probably experience more touchpoints as it is loaded, unloaded, and transferred through distribution centers throughout its journey. Thus, it is imperative both to package your cargo appropriately and to ensure that the LTL carrier you work with has all of the proper credentials such as their FMCSA license and freight broker surety bond.
When it comes to groundbreaking, 21st-century tools for reducing the environmental impact of logistics, look no further than smart logistics. By leveraging the innovations of big data, smart routing, and predictive analytics, logistics providers can make operations significantly more efficient.
Predictive analytics are key for pushing green logistics to the forefront of the industry. Sophisticated predictive algorithms help forecast demand more accurately and reduce unnecessary cargo shipments.
Businesses in all sectors have an ethical obligation to work together to ensure that the world remains a clean environment for future generations. The freight shipping industry is making strides toward a greener economy, and the developments are coming just in time as the urgency of fighting climate change continues to challenge the global economy.
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Director of Marketing & Media, C.L. Services