1. Get the most out of every move 2. Choose the most carbon efficient Transport mode possible. 3. Collaborate 4. Redesigh your Logistic Network 5. Deman cleaner equipment and practices Source: Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics, Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014.
Looking at the five principles, its clear that many of the actions transportation and logistics professionals are taking in the name of continuous improvement, cost reduction, and/or process efficiency such as mode conversion and network redesign often provide sustainability benefits too. In short, Green is good for business, but mainly because, for the most part, only green projects that are good for business.
What about the role of natural gas vehicles? It is being a question in the minds of several Environmentalist that it generates a lot of conversation. Natural gas vehicles is certainly something many companies are testing and investing in, including Ryder and several of its customers. Many Environmentalists believes natural gas vehicles will ultimately play an important role over the long term, but more work is required, especially upstream in the process (that is, in preventing methane from escaping during the production and delivery process) to maximize the environmental benefits.