Transportation and cargo shipping are and continues to be a major contributor to pollution
Transportation and cargo shipping are and continues to be a major contributor to pollution. In fact, road transportation produces 25% of greenhouse gas emissions of which trucking accounts for the majority of that number.
So how can we minimize the massive environmental impact of the industry?
The good news is that many commercial trucking companies are making efforts towards greener and more sustainable practices and have actively implemented initiatives to lower the climate impact.
For further information about which demands you can set for your transportation partner in terms of reducing your carbon footprint, see below.
Driving for a better climate
Pressure to reduce the carbon footprint will intensify even further in the coming years. So how do you ensure that your company combats pollution and decreases the carbon footprint of your shipments?
We believe the answer to helping achieve our societal goals regarding the climate lies within three broad areas:
- Technological advancements and increasing the efficiency of vehicles
- Education and training
- Offsetting and compensation for the emissions
At Ancotrans, we know that our climate initiatives should be more than just talk and fancy words – but actual initiatives that reduce emissions. At the same time, green initiatives are closely linked to commercial considerations. The green transition we have initiated and advocate for has an evident commercial aim. We believe that we can unite CO2-reducing initiatives and a better bottom line.
6 Key measures to reduce the carbon footprint of your company
Technological advancements will be a driving force in achieving greener transportation in the future.
Innovative improvements such as weight reductions, engine optimization, or tire enhancement will increase the efficiency of the vehicles and are ways trucks and cargo transportation become more fuel-efficient.
ANCOTRANS remains at the forefront of the push towards greener alternatives in the transport industry, now also in the field of sideloaders. We have partnered up with one of our sideloader suppliers, Hammar, to become the first company in Europe to introduce and utilize electric sideloaders. In addition, we now have two LNG trucks that are almost particle emission neutral and more CO2-friendly.
Fuel quality is a crucial element in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport.
Today, there are many lower-carbon transportation fuels in the market, and there is no doubt that we will see many more in the future. This is good for the climate, but many of the new fuel types – like LNG trucks – will also lower the fuel expenses of the company.
Container transport can be challenging to navigate. Let’s meet and look at how to use your capacity the best way possible – and get an estimate on how we can help you achieve your transport goals.
By reloading and reusing containers whenever possible, you are more likely to reduce the number of empty kilometers and the emissions caused by the machines that handle the containers in depots and terminals.
For example, our own fleet is fitted with separable and link chassis allowing one truck to haul up to three containers considerably reducing the CO2 emissions per trailer.
Education and training of drivers
At Ancotrans, all drivers attend new ECO driving courses every year. We do this to ensure that everyone knows how to minimize the environmental impact.
Measures such as slower speed, maintenance of equipment, or alternative routes can help save fuel. However, slower speed also means slower delivery. Therefore, it is essential to have a balanced alignment of speed and fuel efficiency.
Here, we use a tire sealant called “Ultraseal”. Not only do we secure constant tire pressure and maximize the tire longevity, but we also minimize the environmental impact of our tires. All our trucks are equipped with Stop & Go systems and are limited to a maximum speed of 85% km/h.
Consolidated freight is greener freight
Capacity shortage is a big challenge in the transportation industry because there’s a natural limit of how much cargo can fit in each truck unit. Therefore, utilizing a fleet efficiently means being strategic about your shipment.
By consolidating freight, you can reduce the risk of incurring high transportation costs – and you can reduce the environmental impact of your shipment because the carrier isn’t driving around with half-empty containers.
Carbon offsetting the community way
As a transportation and logistics company, we are a large fossil fuel consumer by nature contributing to many thousands of tons of CO2 emissions annually. Changing things in the short term is challenging, but at Ancotrans, we have set ourselves the goal of offering the greenest transports in our markets.
We are working purposefully to reduce our carbon footprint in 2030 by 25% compared to our consumption in 2018. Until we can achieve this reduction, our aim is to climate compensate to meet the 2030 goal.
Therefore, we have decided to allocate an amount corresponding to 5% of our annual profits to pursue new initiatives which will contribute to meet our compensation goals, environmental strategy, and final 2030 target. A big part of the donation is spent on planting forests in Uganda which you can read more about here.
Let’s do more for our planet. Together we can drive towards a greener future.
It’s no secret that transportation plays in the heavy league when it comes to CO2 emissions and environmental impact. Luckily, there are several measures already you can use to reduce or offset your carbon footprint.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but some of the ways we are trying to change transportation CO2 little by little at Ancotrans.