If you saw An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore or Leonardo DiCaprios The 11th Hour, then you know global warming is a serious problem. This is a human issue about the extinction of our species and our inability to continue to live on this planet without massive change. The earth has massive regenerative power, but humans will not survive. We must adapt appropriately to our biosphere, explains DiCaprio.
Now, I am not a tree-hugging environmentalist. But after seeing these movies, I am convinced that if we continue to behave as if our world is a resource for us to deplete, we are putting our childrens children in severe danger. With up to 75% of a companys carbon footprint (a measure of how much carbon dioxide [CO2] is emitted through the combustion of fossil fuels) coming from transportation and logistics, we have an opportunity to make a difference.
The most respected scientific bodies have stated unequivocally that global warming is occurring, and people are causing it by burning fossil fuels (like coal, oil and natural gas) and cutting down forests. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences issued a joint statement with 10 other National Academies of Science, saying, The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action. It is vital that all nations identify cost-effective steps that they can take now, to contribute to substantial and long-term reduction in net global greenhouse gas emissions.
This year, eyefortransport surveyed over 250 North American supply chain executives and found, the vast majority of respondents [69%] divulged that over the next three years, green issues will become more important to their transport and logistics processes. An amazing 69% identified green issues as their No.1 priority over the next three years, while only one percent expects a lessening of importance. According to a Cone survey, Ninety-three percent of consumers believe companies have a responsibility to preserve the environment.
The result of this is that more than 1,200 corporations have signed on to the Global Reporting Initiative for corporate sustainability reporting. The reality is that whether or not you believe that global warming is a problem or not, chances are good that you, as a logistics professional, will be called upon to take action.
The eyefortransport survey found that transportation and logistics professionals are implementing or planning green initiatives in the following areas: Fifty-nine percent of respondents are or are planning to improve energy efficiency, and 42% are or are planning to both use vehicle rerouting to reduce miles and use strategic warehouse and distribution center placement.
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Vera Angelico, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is an architect that has been certified by The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Mark Taylor, MBA, DLP, is the President of TAYLOR Systems Engineering Corporation and the Chief Logistics Officer of RedRoller, Inc., an Internet-based shopping service for shipping that compares the rates and delivery options of multiple carriers. He can be reached at Mark@RedRoller.com.