Report recommends carbon-cutting steps for buyers

6 March 2009

6 March 2009 | Andy Allen

Introducing clean vehicle technologies is the single biggest step transport and logistics operators can take to reduce supply chain carbon emissions, according to the latest Supply Chain Decarbonisation report.

The study, by the World Economic Forum and Accenture, listed logistics and transport as contributing almost 5 per cent of the 50,000 mega-tonnes of carbon emissions generated annually.

Clean vehicle technologies could reduce emissions by nearly 175 mega-tonnes annually, the report said. Slowing and optimising supply chains and networks would also help prevent the generation of carbon.

Buyers were advised to reduce packaging materials and improve packaging design.

Better carbon labelling and carbon auditing tools, as well as using more shared loads, were also cited as ways buyers could reduce carbon emissions.

Narendra Mulani, managing director of supply chain management practice at Accenture, said: "The greatest strides will be achieved by collaborative end-to-end supply chain optimisation that includes buyers and shippers, as well as logistics and transport providers."

Sean Doherty, head of logistics and transport at the World Economic Forum, said: "The report makes clear the need to look strategically at the supply chain to include all aspects of product lifecycle, from raw materials to product disposal."

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