The times are good.
International trade continues to flourish every day. The shipping industry is busier than ever.
But statistics on carbon footprints left behind by “over-the-road” fleet vehicles are making the rounds, and they do not look good. Excessive in number, carrying twice the amount of freight, these trucks are accountable for emission levels that are hitting the roof. This poses a bilateral threat towards, a) The environment and b) Sustainable fleet management.
Although the trucking industry is a long way from becoming extensively “green”, businesses have begun looking for solutions that render them environmentally-responsible, while also lending them a helping hand with lowering operational costs. Therefore, exploring green shipping practices may not be a bad idea for your business after all.
The current levels of CO2 are attributed to excessive fuel consumption and emission from trucks. Therefore, environmental regulations are already increasing fuel taxes to incentivize lower consumption. Is your business heavily reliant on fleet trucks? Here are a few practices to kick-start your green campaign:
1.Efficient routeing & engine maintenance:
Saving that last mile is going to make all the difference to your business. Which is why real-time tracking is indispensable to efficient routeing. Furthermore, Big Data services can be harnessed to reduce deadhead return trips and ensure more delivery within lesser miles. Another prerequisite to saving fuel is minimising idling time. To ensure optimal cabin temperature overnight, opting a tech solution would prove more viable than leaving the engine on.
2. Speed & Momentum of Trucks:
Until driverless trucks become a mainstream reality, drivers are key stakeholders in the green mission. They can significantly lower both consumption of fuel and emission levels, given the proper awareness and orientation. By driving slower, shifting speeds progressively, avoiding heavy brakes, and reducing the number of gear shifts, they can lower fuel consumption by at least 5 to 10%.
3. Choosing the right hardware
Businesses can choose from a wide range of innovations like aerodynamic panels, wide base tires, low viscosity lubricants, eco flaps, and APUs (auxiliary power units) to help reduce emission and operating costs. A step further is hybrid technology which can help build fuel-efficient engines to improve thermal efficiency
While getting started with a few simple measures is good progress, taking aggressive environmental efforts might be an expensive affair. But these new innovations will endow your business with the double-benefit of cost saving and reduce emission levels.
While on the way to ‘greener’ pastures, DTDC adheres to all current environmental norms and regulations. Furthermore, we also contribute to the community, towards better health, hygiene, disaster relief, and rural upliftment.