Going Green Can Save Courier Companies Money In The Long Run, Says Shiply
Released on: December 07, 2011, 10:05 am
Industry: Transportation / Logistics
A day doesn’t pass without emission reductions reaching the
international agenda. The recent environment talks in Durban have
underlined the increasing importance placed on reducing climate change.
Emissions reduction policies inevitably filter down to industry and the
public in the form of regulation and taxes sparking a heightened need
for innovations to curb greenhouse gas output. Couriers and haulage companies are
among those consistently urged to increase their environmentally
Transport and logistics services are undoubtedly a major contributor to CO2
emissions, despite providing a vital service to private and public interests there
are still more steps to be taken to up the carbon efficiency of the sector. A recent
survey conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 31% of the
UK’s 3.5 million vans failed to meet Euro-3 emission standards. Road freight
especially is under pressure, in the UK new emission regulations and taxations could
see an average man and van firm’s
operating costs increase dramatically.
Emissions of CO2 rose by 5.9% in 2010, attributed to an economic turnaround.
Increases continue to escalate despite strong pushes for more efficient transport.
Saving money and saving the environment aren’t often seen as going hand in hand,
however the inflated price of petrol and diesel coupled with increasingly harsh
regulations on the highest emitting vehicles means that going green could be better
for the bottom line as well as environmental welfare.
Many automobile marques are stepping up to the emissions challenge, developing
better and more affordable eco-friendly LCVs. Brands such as Citroen are even
offering subsidies to London-based hauliers on new vans. Additionally schemes are
being implemented to make owning electric and hybrid vehicles more viable and
Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (http://www.shiply.com/) the online
transport marketplace with more than 40,000 transport companies as members, speaks
about how couriers need to adapt and the benefits of running a greener service.
“Emissions are on everyone’s mind, they’re one of the key indicators of a business’
efficiency nowadays. Reductions need to come to the delivery sector in order for it
to remain competitive, most vans run on diesel now, but that alone is not going to
cut it. Grants and subsidies are available to help when buying greener vehicles, and
even small changes like retrofitting vehicles for emission reduction or making sure
a courier doesn’t travel with an empty van can help save money and carbon.
Changing vehicle is expensive but running an inefficient one could be more so. An
electric van driver in London for example wouldn’t pay road tax or congestion
charges and would avoid the future £100+/day LEZ charges. Given the new commitments
being made to supporting electric, I expect some substantial changes ahead for the
logistics sector. If fuel costs continue to rise the way they are I expect to see a
lot more electric vehicles on the road.”
Founded in 2008, Shiply.com matches people needing to move goods with transport
companies going there anyway. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and
over 50% run only part-full. By enabling consumers and businesses to make use of
this spare capacity, Shiply.com dramatically cuts down on CO2 emissions, increases
the profitability of transport and removal companies and saves the
consumer up to 75%.
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