Going the Green Way

Logistic companies are striving towards developing and using green options which are beneficial for the environment. A consolidated effort on part of the entire industry is required in order to counter environmental problems. Everyone, including the consignees, shippers, carriers, professionals and trade associations as well as other members of the industry needs to make a combine effort to find a viable solution.

Another important reason for this commitment towards sustainability is the pressure from customers, who are becoming environment conscious. More and more people realise that being involved in logistical activities of  transport, storage, and delivery are industrial wastes that contribute to the pressing problems of the environment.

Along with offering customers more environment-friendly services, companies are also adopting such practices internally within the organization as well. Measures are being taken to reduce the company-printed material as well as using windmills for electric-power generation at the distribution centres. While some companies are expanding the existing sustainability programs, others are launching completely new initiatives.

DHL has launched its campaign to reduce the wastes it produces just this year. Alarmed with pollution released by its land transport vehicles, DHL has started replacing their fuel with compressed natural gas. FedEx has also jumped on the environmental bandwagon by switching to routes that save on fuel and reduce noise pollution. They have also upgraded their transport vehicles to more efficient and environment-friendly ones, reducing their carbon emissions significantly. The company UPS has also launched a new package flow technology, which involves hand-held devices and software that helps employees organise packages into trucks and drivers to plan their routes. UPS also strives to have paper-free invoices for international transactions.

For consumers, a corporation with a conscience about the well-being of the planet is always a plus. However, this may be offset if the same company does not show a high regard for worker and community welfare. It is recommended that in tandem with a sound environmental policy, Logistics companies also highlight that its good relationship with its workers, consumers, and other community members.

The initiatives of some of the global players in logistics demonstrate that making a corporation environmentally friendly needs much effort in planning, execution and involve added expenses. However, some argue that being responsible provides profits that are not just monetary. As well, it is an investment on the environment, the consumers, the employees, and the members of society.