Transportation is part of companies’ operations either directly or indirectly. Companies may handle their own transport of goods: employees must be mobile because of their tasks, or people are transported between locations. Companies may also use outsourced transport services.
Transportation can cover a significant part of companies’ business and material flow control. Transportation also causes environmental effects. Companies can reduce their costs and diminish their environmental effects by planning their transportation. Transportation must also observe safety and environmental issues when transporting hazardous substances, for example.
Efficient logistics and the right driving style save on fuel costs and prolong the life of transport equipment. Streamlining material flows reduces unnecessary driving and increases the degree of filling in transport equipment while possibly saving on labour costs, as well.
Energy efficiency agreements in transport and logistics
There are energy efficiency agreements for the fields of transport and logistics and public transport and their goal is to reduce energy consumption in the industry. This means cost savings for individual companies, because improving efficiency focuses on so-called eco-driving, improving the control of fuel consumption and sensible equipment management.
Companies with energy efficiency agreements in transport and logistics commit to constantly improving energy efficiency, if this is technically and financially possible without neglecting safety and environmental aspects. Companies strive to provide all their drivers with training in eco-driving and implement quality and environmental systems.
Companies under the public transport energy efficiency agreement monitor and report their energy consumption and strive towards an energy saving of at least what is mentioned in the energy efficiency agreement. Companies also pay attention to energy efficiency in their procurement and train their personnel in energy efficiency. Additionally, companies try to implement the generally accepted environmental system.
Other paths to environmentally conscious logistics
Personnel mobility can be reduced by conducting video conferences and conference calls. Remote work reduces some of the environmental burden caused by traffic. Everyone should consider which method of commuting is suitable to them, and try to pay attention to environmental aspects. Work places can encourage personnel towards environmentally friendly mobility by acquiring low emission vehicles and bicycles for the workplace or for the employees, and by favouring car pooling and minimising the amount of commuting.
Handling and storage of chemicals