Logistics industry faces environmental pressure

World Economic Forum highlights the need for transformation.
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A significant transformation in supply chain operations is required for the global logistics industry to reduce its carbon footprint, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.

The study, which is titled ‘Supply Chain Carbonisation’, has been conducted in partnership with research firm Accenture and highlights a number of opportunities to reinforce ‘green’ logistics operations around the world, including the adoption of new technology solutions, development of recycling initiatives and introduction of carbon-offsetting for freight shipments.

“By looking at methods of reducing emissions while keeping a focus on commercial needs, the report helps the move from anecdote to action,” explained Sean Doherty, head of logistics and transport industry at the World Economic Forum.

The study has received a favourable response from the logistics industry, which has faced increasing pressure to work with customers and policy makers to adopt “green” supply chain operations.

"The report clearly shows that there is substantial carbon abatement potential in the supply chain,” said Winfried Haeser, vice president of environmental strategy and policy at Deutsche Post DHL. “This has to be leveraged by different actors. The logistics industry can do a lot in their own business, but can achieve even more in partnership with their customers."

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