Go “Green” Or Go Home

Service and solutions providers go big to target their environmental footprint and deploy green initiative practices across their supply chains


 

Maersk Line (Copenhagen, Denmark, www.maerskline.com)

With a goal to be the environmental leader in shipping, Maersk Line provides ocean transportation services that are consistently eight to 10 percent more energy-efficient than the industry average.

Since 2002, the provider worked closely with major shippers and other carriers as part of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), which deploys standardized methods for calculating and reporting the carbon footprint of shipping and provides a protocol for third-party verification of the emissions factors.

In addition to publishing its own individual vessel performance Maersk supports customers with environmental comparisons for routing options, analyses of the shipper's individual carbon footprint and scorecards. Since 2007, Maersk Line reduced the carbon footprint of containers shipped by 15.6 percent—with an overall goal to achieve a 25 percent reduction by 2020. In another case, the company saved almost 10,000 tons of CO2 emissions in 2011 on shipments for a large sportswear company. Developing markets in Western Africa benefit from Maersk’s WAFMAX vessels, designed to call on these smaller, less developed ports yet still deliver substantially more energy efficiency. The CO2 footprint per container shipped is 28 percent lower than the industry average for that region. Starting in 2013, Maersk’s new Triple E vessels will deliver 50 percent better performance than the vessels on today's already world-class Asia-Europe routes.

The first carbon neutral company in New Zealand, Agility (www.agilitylogistics.com) works with customers to reduce carbon emissions produced by supply chains and to reuse/recycle packaging waste. Agility’s carbon calculator tool allows customers to measure carbon emissions in their supply chains. Its Goods-in-Transit Center (GIT-C) solution saves more than six percent on cargo weight and CO2 emissions and provides a reduced overall cost with zero impact on shipping schedules. Agility’s environmental awareness campaign educates teams on sustainable in-house best practices such as energy consumption reduction via less used electricity; incorporated sustainable warehousing design features; and decreased fuel costs/consumption through implemented video conferencing.

 

Through the Cascades Recovery division—which manages discarded recyclable materials and uses them to manufacture new products—clients of Cascades Inc. (www.cascades.com) can reduce their supply chain ecological footprint and encourage efforts to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Since 2009, Cascades also rewards its most responsible suppliers with an annual Sustainable Supplier Award.

Cass Information Systems Inc. (www.cassinfo.com) provides technology solutions to reduce paper transactions for shipping documents, billing (freight invoices), payment transactions and information delivery. Customers benefited from annual EDI freight invoice percentage averages over 65 percent; 100 percent electronic invoice processing for such package carriers as UPS and FedEx to reduce paper costs and eliminate mailings.

As a third party transportation and logistics provider, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. (www.chrobinson.com) offers services that optimize business processes to efficiently use transportation and distribution network resources to ultimately drive costs out, maximize logistics opportunity and minimize carbon emissions. The company works directly with growers and retail customers to most efficiently use natural resources and build efficient farm to shelf distribution models. In addition, it works with Cascade Sierra Solutions to help motor carriers reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. In the case of Western Growers Association (WGA), C.H. Robinson aligned to offer WGA member shippers a unique transportation program to move fresh produce from growing areas to customers all over the country. Shipper Gills Onions utilized the program for its LTL capabilities; to aggregate freight volumes of all sizes to gain better access to capacity; negotiate strategic contracts for customized pricing; and benefit from high volume surge capacity.

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