Sustainable Transportation: Extracting Value from an Empty Truck

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Feb 23, 2011 2:15 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

With the business world actively investigating sustainable improvements in the supply chain, inbound supply and outbound product distribution processes are now viewed as one of the high value opportunities.  Focusing not only internal company operations but strategies to address impacts that extend beyond the company walls, many business and government entities are addressing the value opportunities in dated transportation modes.

  Examined in detail in the Sourcing Innovation article, Why You Should Optimize Your Logistics, road freight alone accounts for about 420 Million tons of CO2 per year in Europe.  This is more than 1/3 of global road freight emissions and equal to the entire carbon footprint of countries like South Africa.    With European ground freight accounting for 25% of all of the continent’s carbon emissions, there is an enormous value opportunity in the empty mileage.  At the UK’s Department for Transportation, business sustainability leaders are developing sustainable distribution  strategies to address the simple fact that:   •    25% of all freight vehicles in Europe run empty •    50% + of all freight vehicles in Europe run only part-full   Leveraging these figures and the progress being made in Europe, our professional consulting practice stresses the business value opportunity in addressing sustainable distribution practices across all company-controlled freight transport modes.  Key components of a sustainable distribution strategy include: click here to continue reading.

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".