Logistics Minded

How to reduce C02 emissions? Focus on GEODIS initiatives

According to the European Commission, the logistics and transport sector represent almost a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and is considered one of the main causes of air pollution in cities  [1]. In addition, trade globalization and the rise of urban density have an impact on the quantity and nature of logistics flows transported, which thus increases polluting emissions.

 

In the fight against global warming, most industries are striving to reduce their CO2 emissions, but the same scenario is not easily replicable in the transport industry, which is facing a continuous growth and is likely to continue that trend in the future (goods delivery to cities is expected to increase by 40% by 2050) [2].

It is no surprise that sustainable logistics has become a strategic challenge in terms of image, commercial development, innovation and cost reduction. Since today transportation represents 66% of final consumption of petroleum products [3], some regulations have been put in place to push logisticians to adapt and find innovative solutions and the EU has set the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 80 to 95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. [4]

On the scale of the logistics sector itself, various solutions exist:

  • GEODIS, as one of the world leading logistics operators, has modernized its fleets and increased the number of its vehicles compliant with Euro 5 and Euro 6 emission standards, reaching 87% at the end of 2016 [5].

 

  • In 2016, 2.03% of vehicles at GEODIS were EEV (Environmentally Enhanced Vehicles – “low carbon” vehicles such as electric vehicles or natural gas) [6]

 

  • In addition, GEODIS trains its drivers to eco-driving in order to raise their awareness about fuel consumption (At GEODIS Euromatic, all new drivers are trained to understand environmental issues) [7]

 

 

Innovation also has an important role to play, since we will be dependent on the implementation of new and eco-friendlier technologies (for example, GEODIS has partnered with a consortium of major French companies to commission a study on electric highways from Carbone 4 in 2016) [8]. New means of 0 transport allow a real reduction in carbon emissions (depending on more than 98% of petroleum products, the transport sector has become in the space of 40 years the first sector emitting carbon dioxide in France with 28% of gross emissions) [9]

In conclusion, and in alignment with GEODIS’ CSR policy, the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) awarded GEODIS a “B” rating in 2017 for the second consecutive year, a sign of effective environmental management [10]. Only 12% of CDP rated companies worldwide received an equivalent or higher rating. Further proof of our responsible commitments: controlling and reducing our impact on the environment and combating climate change.

 

Sources:

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/transport_en

[2] ADEME (French Environment & Energy Management Agency)

[3] ADEME (French Environment & Energy Management Agency)

[4] https://www.ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr/cadre-europeen-energie-climat

[5, 6, 7, 8] Source: GEODIS CSR Report 2016 – https://www.geodis.com/fetch_resource.jspz?form_object=mmlelement&form_id=10175&property=image

[9] http://www.statistiques.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/lessentiel/ar/361/1228/emissions-gaz-effet-serre-transports.html

[10] Source: GEODIS website – https://www.geodis.com/

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