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At 28% of CO2 emissions, transport is the second largest source of polluting emissions in Europe. In cities, it is estimated that a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions are due to the transport of goods, a sector boosted by the growth in e-commerce and home deliveries. However, faced with the acceleration of global warming, public authorities and consumers are increasing the pressure to manage delivery routes more responsibly. Logistics professionals, under pressure, can no longer ignore their responsibilities.
But switching to carbon-neutral delivery methods has a cost, which is difficult to charge in the final price. Even more challenging is the fact that sustainable delivery also requires a thorough reorganization of the supply chain to continue to meet customer demands, particularly in terms of delivery times.
To help you in this transition process, here are the best practices for eco-friendly delivery… to adopt urgently!
At the moment, road transport remains a near-monopoly for transporting goods to the consumer. The figures from the French Ministry of Ecological Transition speak for themselves. In France, heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tons make 92% of deliveries, while light commercial vehicles make 7.6%.
Reading these figures, we can better appreciate the efforts required to reduce the huge quantities of fossil fuels consumed to power thermal vehicles. Here are 3 economically realistic solutions to progressively contribute to this reduction.
According to the survey conducted by OpinionWay among the French on sustainable delivery solutions, half of them say they take into account the ecological impact of their purchases and returns.
In addition to these statements, nearly three-quarters of French people say they are willing to accept a longer delivery time if the delivery is made using a carbon-neutral method of transport. 34% of consumers are even willing to pay more for a more environmentally friendly delivery solution: piggyback, natural gas truck, electric vehicle, scooter, etc.
An interesting first step is to offer more responsible deliveries as an option:
The environmental impact of parcel delivery routes is most significant in cities. In addition to the temperature rises linked to greenhouse gases, city dwellers suffer from repeated traffic jams and increased noise and visual pollution. To limit the traffic of the most polluting vehicles, more and more cities are deploying Restricted Traffic Zones (ZCR), also known as Low Emission Zones. Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, but also Rouen, Reims, Toulon and Toulouse have already implemented this type of measure. And this is just the first of many measures! By 2025, 45 cities should have such zones. To continue to deliver to your city-based customers, you have 2 options:
Usually, for their corporate image or to avoid even more restrictive public policies, a growing number of managers are taking advantage of their fleet renewal to adopt eco-friendly vehicles. Depending on your area of activity and the type of goods delivered, the possibilities are different:
In the list of solutions that guarantee more environmentally friendly deliveries, route optimization software is another essential tool. Software like AntsRoute, which costs only a few tens of euros per month, includes many features to reduce both polluting emissions and kilometers driven.
For the planet, there is no doubt: the best mileage is the one you don’t drive! AntsRoute’s aim is to avoid unnecessary or empty routes at all costs. Our software automatically calculates the optimal route based on your customers’ requests and the traffic data for a given location.
You can also go further by setting the maximum load capacity for each vehicle in your fleet:
It is estimated that in France, 1 out of 5 parcel deliveries fails during the first presentation, forcing the dispatch rider to make a 2nd delivery. To limit as much as possible these failures, which are devastating for the environment as well as for profitability, you can enter in our software :
In addition, AntsRoute route management software includes very useful features for managing the different types of engines in your fleet (thermal, electric, natural gas, etc.).
If your fleet includes electric vehicles, your team can, for example:
You can also prioritize the use of the less polluting engines, according to the economic and environmental objectives set by your company.
And the results in terms of sustainable development are there! Thanks to our optimization solution, our customers have seen a significant reduction in the number of kilometers traveled and the amount of C02 emissions. Do you also want to limit your company’s carbon footprint while maintaining the same quality of service? We invite you to try AntsRoute for 7 days. Take advantage of this free and without commitment offer by subscribing here!