Sustainability in Logistics

12 June 2020

There’s no denying that global logistics is a heavy user of diesel, gas and electricity. As other industries make strides toward a sustainability - heads turn toward the transportation sector. 

Although environmental lobbyists draw focus to ethical issues – they often neglect to consider their proposals from an economist’s standpoint. Despite the growing expense; the world remains profoundly dependant on fossil fuels – while wind and wave power promise eco-friendly solutions; they will need considerable infrastructural investment to replace our present technology.

Until further advancements occur; achieving sustainability in the haulage business revolves around reducing – not eliminating, the causes of environmental problems. As natural resources become increasingly scarce and costly; the transportation industry needs to focus on improving individual operations and movements to increase efficiency. 

Waste Products

When considering the costs of transportation; we primarily focus on fuel – however; besides the gallons of oil utilised by vehicles – there are also thousands of parts which wear out over time. TrackTrans enables you to perform regular checks – monitoring the endurance of each aspect of your vehicle; allowing you to recognise the necessary time to change specific components. By going digital with TrackTrans, you’re also able to embrace paperless operations; thus further limiting your environmental impact. 

Another tip would be to move away from the traditionally used foam shipping protector and employing recyclable plastic air pillows – some of which are made from compostable bio-film. These are much lighter than polystyrene – giving you the opportunity to carry more parcels per trip. 

Future technology

While recycling and amplifying efficiency is a fantastic stride toward sustainability – it’s important to stay abreast of the latest technological advancements. We are already seeing efficient fuel alternatives which produce comparatively less pollution. 

Elon Musk’s recently unveiled Tesla Semi has pushed the boundaries for heavy-duty all-electric transportation. Set for production in 2021; the truck has a range of 620 miles with a top speed of 0-60mph in 5 seconds. With semi-autonomous capabilities; it’s easy to see how this new vehicle could revolutionise the industry – in regards to both sustainability and customer wait-times. 

Reducing Emissions

A survey conducted by Modern Materials Handling Magazine revealed that; consumers are willing to pay an additional 5 percent for a product that is being delivered by a company that have implemented sustainable logistics measures. Additionally, customers are prepared to wait an extra 24 hours for environmentally conscious transportation measures. 

Due to the fact that the majority of today’s vehicles run on fossil fuel – the solution to reducing carbon emissions lies predominantly in the organisational structure of your company. By streamlining your business strategy; you can reduce the overall number of miles driven; thus the total amount of noxious gasses released into the atmosphere are diminished. 

TrackTrans makes decisions easier when planning transport routes and loads – thus allowing your organisation to operate with efficiency and sustainability. As a result; your company can avoid excess fines or penalties for violations of environmental regulations.


Sustainability is of paramount importance in the haulage industry. As government guidelines on sustainability become more ambitious, we are likely to see increasing pressure for businesses to reduce their impact. Take the first step and streamline your business; try TrackTrans today!