The transport industry inherently faces challenges making a green commitment difficult. Around 30% of global energy use can be attributed to transport, and 60% of the worlds crude oil production is used to fuel the worlds transport. But that’s not to say that nothing can be done to reduce this figure.
The challenge of finding more sustainable fuels is ongoing and a long-term goal for the transport industry that will eventually assist in reducing its global carbon footprint. If only every freight company assisted in clean energy projects, then perhaps we would be one step closer.
In the meantime, rather than just buying a ticket to purely offset emissions with no thought to reduce, PD&F is committed to not only contribute to renewable energy projects, but also to reduce our carbon output on a daily basis. Simple things make the difference, and it’s these simple things that PD&F has worked to engrain in its staff and company culture to ensure that carbon consumption is continually considered in the office and on the road.
PD&F is reducing its carbon footprint by:
Switching to green energy in the office, and ensuring all fluorescent lights are switched to t5 tubes
Reducing paper consumption: encouraging transactions/invoicing online
Sustainable waste processing/recycling
Addressing driver behaviour: encouraging drivers to consider their carbon output in the road by educating the impact of driving actions – such as cutting the engine when leaving a vehicle to process a job – to reduce emissions.
Consolidating runs: changing company policy and procedures to consolidate freight and document runs to reduce emissions while still providing the service required by client.
Setting a standard for future company vehicle purchases, with lower emissions output, such as hybrid vehicles, and other alternate vehicle technologies as they become available.
As our business grows, so too will our carbon emissions in the short term, but our goal is to ensure our changing processes can significantly reduce any growth in emissions, and our commitment to adopting greener fuels and new technologies lead to significant reductions in the long term. For what we can not eliminate, PD&F is reducing by contributing to renewable energy projects (see carbon offsets).
This is an exciting time for the transport industry with new technology and greener fuels on the horizon. How long it takes will depend on the industry’s commitment and PD&F hopes to lead by example.