Lower your CO2 emissions with double deck trailers
- Kingston upon Hull
The American Economist Milton Friedman may have stated in 1970 that the social responsibility of a business is to increase its profits, but nowadays corporate social responsibility influences the decisions of organisations of all sizes.
With consumers increasingly happy to exercise their rights to use other providers if they are not happy with a brand’s values, and tell the world about it, being a good corporate citizen is something all businesses grapple with.
As part of that, the impact a business has on the environment is increasingly in focus. Many will trumpet their savings, reducing their footprints, highlighting their sustainable practices – all to be lauded, but are they driven by a sense of morality, or because it makes good business sense?
Regulations certainly play a part, with businesses making sure they comply with increasingly stringent laws governing emissions and environmental impact to avoid significant financial penalties.
Yet if you were to look at the sustainability programmes of many global businesses, particularly those with a large carbon footprint, you would find that actually, cutting back on emissions and reducing their environmental impact as much as possible also means cutting costs and being more efficient – two major focuses for businesses in the post-global recession world.
Is that the case for all sectors, even logistics? In a word, yes. The logistics and distribution industry is a major contributor to CO2 emissions – in the EU alone, transportation (both freight and transportation) accounts for 20% of all green house gas emissions.
At the same time, falling prices has left an asset heavy sector looking for savings wherever it can find them.
What’s the answer? People, and goods, need to get from A to B – without logistics, the world would simply stop. Even if we all reduced our consumption, no single place produces everything it needs, whether it’s food, clothing or building materials.
Everywhere needs to bring goods and services from elsewhere. The only way to bring down emissions, and drive savings, is to become as efficient as possible. Being able to carry more at once. In ocean freight, that means bigger vessels. On the road, that means double deck trailers.
By being able to load more cargo, double deck trailers can help customers lower CO2 emission by 50%, while bringing costs down by 30%.
That’s money saved on distributions, reduced cost per unit, less spent on trucks (as fewer are required), less on ferries and less on fuel.
Double deck trailers better utilise trailer space – how often have you seen a fully loaded trailer floor, with significant horizontal space available?
They even offer significant groupage options – taking a third of a single deck trailer may cost you X but put that same load into a double deck and suddenly your cargo is only a sixth of the space.
Lowering carbon emissions makes good business sense. By considering all the options, and fully utilising the range of trailer types available, businesses requiring logistics and transport can not only achieve their corporate citizenship goals, but also make significant cost efficiencies in the process.