Tabitha Whiting
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How the logistics sector could tackle the climate crisis
How the logistics sector could tackle the climate crisis
Logistics companies are uniquely positioned to create real, lasting climate impact. Here’s how.
August 15, 2022

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Transportation – including logistics – is responsible for 16.2% of global greenhouse gas emissions (ourworldindata).

When you think about the global economy of today, that isn’t too surprising.

The vast majority of commerce businesses offer worldwide delivery. And supply chains are worldwide too, with products and parts imported and exported across the globe on the daily. As an example, in 2020 the UK imported $610 billion worth of goods and exported $371 billion – with cars, medicines, gold some of the top exported items.

Of course, transporting these goods from A to B comes with significant environmental impact from the fuel needed.

And the time has come to address that.

Climate is already firmly on the agenda for logistics. COP26’s Transport Day saw commitments for cleaner fuels, green shipping corridors and more, as the industry makes commitments to do their part. 

Customer demand is there too, making climate impact a growth opportunity as well as the right thing to do. Consumers are looking for climate-friendly options, and that includes deliveries too. According to research by West Monroe, consumers are willing to pay 5% more for orders if they are delivered sustainably, and 76% would wait an extra day if it meant delivery via climate-friendly transport.

Consumers are willing to pay 5% more for orders if they are delivered sustainably, and 76% would wait an extra day for climate-friendly deliveries

That means merchants are also looking for climate solutions, so that they can differentiate.

Lune customer Forto are already seeing demand for their sustainable logistics option skyrocket, complete with automatic emissions calculations and offsetting.

And given the size and emissions of the logistics industry, the potential impact is huge. There are many opportunities to reduce emissions in logistics, from innovations in cleaner fuels and electric transportation to technology that prevents empty space on shipments. Beyond that, logistics companies are also perfectly placed to drive positive impact on a huge scale – bringing the vast number of merchants and end-customers they work with day-to-day with them. 

Imagine if it became the default for business transporting goods to include positive climate impact? If every single product journey contributed to permanent carbon removal?

It would be truly game-changing – millions of companies would be working together to remove huge amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

But what would that actually look like? Well, logistics companies sit at the very heart of these product journeys, helping merchants to get their products from A to B – including choosing the route taken and type of transportation. 

That brings with it two clear opportunities:

Opportunity 1: Route optimisation through emissions calculations 🧮

A logistics platform can automatically calculate the emissions of the options for a product’s journey, and show a green option with the lowest possible emissions. 

Most logistics companies already give merchants the choice between fast or cheap delivery, so adding a green option would fit nicely into the existing customer experience. And better yet would beto make the green option the default option for merchants – making it opt out. 

Opportunity 2: Automatically offset the emissions of a journey 🚢

Once the emissions of a journey have been calculated they can also be automatically offset. Using high-quality carbon offsets can compensate for those emissions and ensure every product journey contributes to emissions reduction or carbon removal projects.

The best part?

That both of these solutions can be easily integrated into existing logistics platform using an API like Lune’s, just like we partnered with Forto to do. As well as making a huge difference for the planet, Forto is already seeing the rewards in terms of differentiation and customer delight, with much higher than expected demand for their offsetting option – helping them close new deals.

Here's an example of what that integration might look like within the customer experience:

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There’s plenty of room for more logistics companies to integrate solutions like this – because every logistics company needs to be offering a sustainable option. Get in touch if you’d like to chat about what it could look like for your logistics company.

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