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We all know that transport bears much of the carbon footprint blame in the average company's supply chain. However, do we know how much, and is it really our problem?
Many times experienced transport managers, company directors and operations folk say, "It's an industry problem, not ours," on the subject of CO2 emissions from transport. Frankly, that excuse is wearing thin and just doesn't cut it anymore; we all are party to it. Companies have an obligation nowadays to source their transport suppliers based on factors beyond price alone in the same way packaging and fair trade materials are expected as the norm. For example, what type of vehicles do your transport companies use (diesel, hybrid, electric?), do they have a carbon offset scheme and what are their policies on empty-running/groupage?
Here's a staggering fact you might not know: 25 percent of all freight vehicles across Europe run empty of cargo and over 50 percent run only partly full. This is a monumental waste and has a staggering negative impact on the environment.
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