Environmentally conscious logistics
Your company’s logistics and the fact that your personnel move between different locations during the workday also increase the environmental impacts of your business. You can reduce the impacts by planning your transport operations and by encouraging your employees to make environmentally friendly choices. If you have a transport business, you can develop your operations by adopting the responsibility model for road transport.
You should plan the transport operations of your company carefully. Make sure that the vehicles are of the right size, have full loads and avoid empty runs. Combine transports and cooperate with other companies. Make sure that there is full coordination between production and logistics in your company.
Select the transport routes in an environmentally optimal manner. If possible, use environmentally friendly modes of transport, such as trains and ships.
If your company manages its own transports, make sure that you have the vehicles best suited for the purpose. Euro emission standards and fuel consumption are matters that you should consider. Keep your vehicle stock in good condition and up to date.
Train your employees to drive economically. You can also purchase equipment for your vehicles monitoring how economically they are driven.
Environmental friendliness should also be a key consideration in storage arrangements. Locate the warehouses in transport hubs, use energy-saving heating and lighting, and close all intermediate storages that you do not need.
If your company does not carry any goods itself, use environmentally responsible transport companies.
The responsibility model for road transport is a voluntary management and operating model aimed at promoting responsible transport operations. It encourages transport companies to use anticipatory and information-based management practices. The model covers the most important safety, environmental and quality matters and connects them to the financial management of your company.
You can use the responsibility model in the evaluation and development of your company’s operations. It suits transport companies of all sizes and the tools contained in the model can also be used by their customers. The model is tailored to the needs of each company and
before adopting it, enterprises must meet certain criteria. Your company will be awarded a certificate documenting its compliance with the requirements set out in the model and demonstrating its responsible practices.
When your company operates in a responsible manner, it acts in a systematic and target-oriented fashion. Your company’s operations become more environmentally friendly, punctual, efficient, anticipatory and economical. Responsibility is also an image factor and gives your company a competitive edge.
Encourage your employees to commute on foot or by bicycle, use carpooling or travel by public transport, instead of using one’s own car. You can also provide your personnel with subsidised commuter tickets or bicycles. If your provide your employees with company cars, select models with the lowest emissions.
Make sure that there is no unnecessary car use in your company during workdays either. Video and telephone conferencing should be the preferred option in your company. There are many training events and seminars that you can attend via your own workstation. You can also make shared cars and bicycles available to your personnel for work-related business.
If the nature of the work allows it, give your employees the opportunity to work flexible hours. This way they do not necessarily have to travel to the workplace every day.
If employees of your company make a work-related trip to a more distant location, urge them to travel by public transport or use carpooling.