Towards sustainable logistics

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Sustainability
Written by
Coline M.
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4
June 2024
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3
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Sustainable logistics aims to reduce the ecological footprint of all logistics processes, from planning to final delivery. It encompasses innovative and responsible practices

Towards sustainable logistics 

What is sustainable logistics? 

Sustainable logistics concerns the planning, implementation and optimization of logistics processes to make them more environmentally friendly. This includes the management of product transport, storage and packaging. The aim is to reduce environmental impact by reducing carbon footprints, waste and the use of natural resources. To meet these demands, companies can adopt innovative technologies, or use recycled and reusable materials

The challenges 

The challenges of sustainable logistics are many and crucial for the future. Firstly, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a major challenge, given logistics' traditional dependence on fossil fuels. Secondly, waste management is an essential aspect, particularly with the increase in non-recyclable packaging in e-commerce. Thirdly, conserving natural resources is a priority, requiring practices such as using recycled materials and optimizing transport routes to reduce fuel consumption. Finally, sustainable logistics must also respond to growing consumer demand for greener products and services, driving companies to continually innovate.

What changes? 

Last-mile delivery

Last-mile delivery is often the most costly and polluting stage of the supply chain. To make this phase more sustainable, companies can adopt solutions such as using electric cars, creating urban collection points and optimizing delivery routes using artificial intelligence. By reducing the number of vehicles on the road and using less polluting modes of transport, CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced.

Optimizing transport and delivery

Optimizing transport and delivery is a crucial lever for sustainable logistics. This involves planning more efficient routes, reducing empty mileage and adopting more environmentally-friendly modes of transport, such as rail or sea for long distances. The use of advanced technologies, such as fleet management software and real-time tracking systems, also helps to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, while minimizing environmental impact.

Reusable packaging 

Switching to reusable and/or recyclable packaging reduces waste and, consequently, the environmental impact of packaging materials. Although the initial investment for reusable packaging may be higher, it becomes profitable in the long term thanks to the reduced costs associated with the purchase of single-use packaging. Numerous solutions have emerged, such as reusable pallets, recyclable envelopes and intelligent, connected solutions.

In conclusion, the transition to sustainable logistics is essential if we are to meet the environmental, economic and social challenges posed by logistics. Companies need to rethink their logistics by adopting innovations and investing in sustainable solutions that help build a more environmentally-friendly future.

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