Transport optimization plays a decisive role in sustainability
Posted by Dieter Roman on 16/09/2016
25% of all CO2 emissions is produced by the transport industry. And looking at the future of the transport sector we can conclude that it will increase over the coming decades… if we don’t act properly.
So every transport company has a moral imperative towards CO2 effectiveness. In the long run technological enhancements are seen as an important ‘driver’ to reduce CO2 emissions. The target of the 30 per cent fall in oil use by 2040 is achievable but it will change transport industry quiet dramatically (truck platooning, electric trucks, bio diesel powered trucks,...).
Your fleet is probably not composed with all of ‘the latest low-emission optimized trucks’ with the newest CO2-saving tools and options available on the market. And you haven’t planned to change it overnight…
But there are ways to focus on being green and the reduction of CO2 without swapping your entire fleet. Transport optimization is for sure an important element that have direct impact on your carbon emissions. Why?
It all starts with a (route) plan
If you currently manage your routing and scheduling manually, consider implementing automated route planning. The planning puzzle is essentially a really complicated mathematical problem. Trying to solve it manually – with a pen and paper, with excel spreadsheets, or with a dispatcher – just doesn’t make any sense.
A route optimization solution will automatically produce accurate, reliable and the most efficient routes based on your business-specific criteria (driver and vehicle availability, delivery times & requirements, working hour regulations, toll ways, …).
Save Time, Save Fuel, Save Money, Save CO2
Is it worth the investment? We see in our customer base savings of 10% and more and an ROI that is much lower than the average software installations. It allows your business to further focus on growth and gives your planners the tools to look for further efficiency savings by experimenting with your planning optimizations parameters. Your planners gather financial, business, and CO2 KPI information on a real time basis and ensure that they have the best possible planning for your drivers. You save money, ride less kilometers, reduce your emission and have happier drivers. Why waiting?
Pay toll and save CO2
One of the targets by charging trucks when using the Belgian road network is creating a behavioral change among shippers and truck operators as 1 out of 5 of EU trucks drive around empty and generally payload factors (how full a truck is) hover around 57%.
By focusing on transportation excellence (i.e. fewer transport movements for the same amount of tonnage with low carbon trucks supported by transport automation) you reduce your CO2 emissions as it incentives the efficient use of your fleet.
With proven financial and environmental benefits route optimization solutions and the Belgian road tax are leading examples of how software and technical enhancements can have a positive impact on lowering fuel costs, reducing CO2 emissions and serving more customers in less time.