Green Logistics make happy customers and a happy planet

What are green logistics?

Green Freight and LogisticsBoth eco-conscious customers and government policy are putting increasing pressure on companies to adopt more sustainable, greener practices in every aspect of their business. And that includes logistics.

In fact, ‘green logistics’ and ‘sustainable logistics’ are terms you’re probably reading and hearing more frequently than ever before. But what are green logistics, in fact?

Put simply, green logistics are ways of minimizing the environmental impact and the carbon footprint of logistics activities. Activities like transport, packaging, recycling and storage.

As a business, you may have already introduced greener, more sustainable processes into your manufacturing. This toolkit which has been produced by our partner, DHL, is designed to give you practical help in improving your organization’s sustainability in logistics and further reduce its environmental impact.

If you’re running an e-commerce business, you can bet a fair part of your emissions come from the logistics. And your customers are taking note… here are some stats that may surprise you:

50% of digital customers state that environmental concerns impact their purchasing decisions.

16% of greenhouse gases are due to the transport and logistics industry.

Packaging accounts for almost a third of all plastics production – but only 14% of
it is recycled.

88% of customers are more likely to be loyal to a company which supports environmental issues.

74% of customers say a company’s sustainability practices matter more than they did a year ago.

Our partner DHL, have produced a very thorough Green Logistics Toolkit. It is packed full of tips to help your business up its eco credentials – from sustainable packaging to route optimization. Find out more!

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DB Schenker and CMA CGM offer regular emission-free ocean freight service

DB Schenker is the first logistics company to switch its entire LCL volumes with CMA CGM to regular carbon-free production. The company has signed a purchase contract for over 2,500 tons of biofuel with CMA CGM, a global leader in shipping and logistics.

DB Schenker and CMA CGM offer regular emission-free ocean freight service2,500 tons is more than required to transport all LCL (Less-than Container Load). DB Schenker will be able to reach net carbon zero-emission on a well-to-wake basis on the LCL segment, thanks to this over-allocation.

By joining forces to offer green container transport, which immediately reduces the environmental footprint of maritime transport, both companies make a significant step towards decarbonizing ocean freight.

DB Schenker customers can book the carbon-zero LCL option with immediate effect and receive a certificate of the emission reduction for their climate balance sheet. The cooperation has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 7,000 tons CO2e well-to-wake, which corresponds with at least 100 percent of the WTW emissions of the LCL containers handled with CMA CGM, making it one of the most significant deals in ocean freight logistics.

Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight at DB Schenker:

“We are excited to make a significant investment in reducing the CO2 footprint in container sea freight. Running on biofuel marks another important step towards greener supply chains and pays into our overall sustainability agenda in ocean freight. Our goal is to become a sustainability leader of the logistics industry and net carbon-zero by 2040, and we are ambitiously taking the lead here with CMA CGM.”
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Kuehne+Nagel was the first air logistics provider to offer customers sustainable fuel for all shipments

We are delighted to report that our regular trade-partner, K+N are supporting our customers to avoid CO2 emissions globally.

our regular trade-partner, K+NKuehne+Nagel becomes the first air logistics provider to offer its customers the option to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for each shipment and thus instantly avoid carbon emissions. This new add-on is available on all Kuehne+Nagel air freight quoting platforms and channels, allowing customers to choose carbon neutral transport.

With the newly launched offering, all Kuehne+Nagel customers can easily opt for SAF to be used instead of fossil fuel for air transport and benefit from net zero carbon emissions air freight services — regardless of airlines used, origin or destination. As SAF still produces some CO2 emissions, carbon neutrality is achieved by substituting each litre of jet fuel kerosene used with 1.33 litres of SAF. Read more from our trade-partner K+N >

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Pioneering into the new Year with the UK’s first commercial electric articulated HGVs

At IFS we have a passion to share and promote innovative solutions that genuinely address the green issue and actively push for change. If our industry is serious about making the transition to zero emissions, then during 2022 we need to continue to build on last year’s optimism in driving change for a greener future.

Pioneering into the new Year with the UK's first commercial electric articulated HGVsIt is refreshing to hear about pioneering new projects in logistics and international freight forwarding. One such project is the partnership between Tesco and FSEW, whose aim is to revolutionise the commercial freight industry’s approach to low carbon transition.

From January, two new 37 tonne DAF electric vehicles will transport food and other products from Wentloog rail terminal outside Cardiff to Tesco’s distribution centre in Magor, Wales, in partnership with logistics and international freight forwarding company FSEW.

Heavy goods vehicles make up around 16 percent of the UK’s domestic transport emissions and addressing this can play a significant role in delivering the UK’s net zero ambitions. Despite significant advances in battery technology and charging infrastructure for smaller vehicles, there hasn’t been a commercially viable solution for electric haulage and distribution until now. 

Geoff Tomlinson, FSEW Managing Director said:

“This is a landmark day for us here at FSEW, representing a major step forward in our commitment to providing zero emissions transport freight services. Together we are working to create a cleaner and greener logistics experience. This is transformational for the UK’s commercial and retail industries and is just the start of our work to supply electric heavy freight vehicles to customers such as Tesco.”

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Gbrf announces new service from Port of Tyne

Connecting to Yorkshire and the Midlands

new service from Port of TyneAs the country continues to struggle with supply chain issues, GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced that it has successfully operated a series of intermodal services from the Port of Tyne to strategic rail hubs in Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The campaign saw GBRf operate multimodal services from Port of Tyne to Yorkshire twice-a-week in addition to services to the Midlands once-a-week.

This series of multimodal services comes as the Port of Tyne welcomes multimodal traffic to help ease the strains caused by simultaneous increased consumer demand and supply chain challenges, ensuring the delivery of goods across the UK.

John Smith, CEO of GB Railfreight, said:

“As import volume levels grow, this campaign of services demonstrates how rail freight can offer a real solution to the current issues facing our busiest deep sea ports.”

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In collaboration with our parters, International Freight Solutions are offering frequent, reliable intermodal and trainload rail freight services – transporting goods from door-to-door right across Europe and beyond.

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With a decline in rail passengers, are small to medium parcels the solution?

Light Rail FreightAll aboard, as long as you are properly labeled and someone is waiting to pick you up at your destination station. The latest light logistics ideas propose that the sharp decline in commuter passenger traffic is the opportunity the parcels industry has been waiting for.

A published report from the Rail Innovation Group explores the potential for expanding the use of the existing rail network to facilitate the faster and more sustainable delivery of smaller and medium sized parcels.

“There is the opportunity for rail to provide long distance routes, which are much faster than the road network”, says the RIG.

The Rail Innovation Group is an independent association supporting new ways of operating within the rail industry. RIG has published a report, entitled Parcels as Passengers, proposing to make productive use of passenger rolling stock and recently vacated network capacity to support a new model of light logistics and parcels. The sector was almost completely lost to the rail freight industry in the 1990s, but some market leaders are seeking to turn niche operations into big business for the future.

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