Supply Chain Is Looking For Green Transport and Logistics

Nov. 27, 2007
The push towards green is driven by financial ROI , public relations payback and improved supply chain efficiency, says a new survey.

The vast majority of respondents to a survey produced by eyefortransport, 85%, said that over the next three years green issues will become more important to their transport and logistics processes. Thirteen percent identified green issues as their No.1 priority over the next three years.

With up to 75% of a company's carbon footprint coming from transportation and logistics, eyefortransport asked respondents to pinpoint what they were doing to green their transportation and logistics, and what effects these initiatives have had.

An average of 25% of respondents reported that they have or plan to partner with a logistics providers to help them green their processes, and an additional 27% are actively exploring the possibility of adding a logistics partner to help move environmental projects forward. This push towards green is reported to be driven by a number of factors, including financial ROI (45%), public relations payback (34%) and improved supply chain efficiency (34%).

When asked what actual green initiatives have been implemented or planned in their companies, the results revealed that 63% are or are planning to improve energy efficiency, 45% are redesigning warehousing and distribution center networks, 42% are re-routing vehicles to reduce miles and 40% are measuring and/or reducing emissions.

An additional finding of the survey was that 34% report that green initiatives are actually making their supply chains more efficient.

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