In this article, we tell you about some of the strategies that help reduce pollutant emissions from fleets to achieve sustainable logistics.
Sustainability is one of the great challenges facing companies in the 21st century. Society and governments are increasingly critical of good environmental practices and penalise the generation of waste and the emission of polluting gases.
As transport is one of the most polluting activities today, it is not surprising that the industry is very conscious of the importance of working towards a green transition and a more sustainable future.
Supply chain actors and all transport stakeholders are focusing on improving their assets and processes for sustainable logistics. Let’s take a look at the strategies they are pursuing:
Strategies for sustainable logistics
To achieve a reduction in the environmental impact of logistics operations, companies can use the following tools:
- Use of clean energy. At this point, companies may be inclined to use vehicles powered by clean energy or alternative fuels. In fact, more and more logistics companies are being seen with fleets of electric vehicles.
- Optimisation of resources and capacities. Optimisation of resources, such as proper fleet sizing or optimal transport planning, maximises the use of vehicles and eliminates empty runs. In this way, if we can carry out the day’s deliveries with 20 trucks, it will not be necessary to use 30 vehicles, with the consequent savings in fuel and pollution.
- Route optimisation. Optimising transport routes helps drivers to take the fastest route, and reduce mileage, fuel use and, consequently, pollutant emissions.
- Good driving habits. Drivers can also be trained in good driving habits that save fuel and extend the life of the fleet.
- Smooth communication with the customer. Planning deliveries with tight time windows, well in advance and maintaining continuous communication with the customer will reduce the volume of missed deliveries, and therefore unnecessary kilometres of fuel use.
- Optimal maintenance. Companies can monitor key aspects of maintenance to reduce fuel consumption, such as tyre wear. In addition, by using predictive maintenance they can change parts or components before they fail and renew the fleet at the optimal time.
Intelligent planning and optimisation solutions are available to help manage logistics assets and processes in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. The use of such tools can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20% by making better use of vehicles.
In addition to reducing pollutant emissions, these solutions maximise the useful life of the fleet, reduce operating costs and improve the productivity and profitability of logistics operations. In the event of an incident or breakdown, these systems are able to optimally replan the fleet in real-time, sending the nearest available vehicle.
At decide4AI we are experts in the development and implementation of software solutions for the planning and optimisation of logistics operations. We cover the planning of the logistics network in a comprehensive way and connected with the rest of the players. We help you from the analysis of possible improvements to the analysis of results after the implementation of the tool and its ROI.
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