Study Identifies Methods to Reduce CO2 Emissions in Logistics, Transport

by | Feb 26, 2009

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supplychainstudy1The World Economic Forum and Accenture has released a report that quantifies and ranks opportunities to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions generated by the logistics and transport sector. Logistics and transportation activities contribute approximately 5 percent of the 50,000 megatons of carbon-dioxide emissions generated by all human activity annually, according to the report.

The report, titled “Supply Chain Decarbonization“, examines the role that the logistics and transport sector plays in reducing emissions, both in its own operations and by influencing shippers and buyers to undertake broader supply-chain improvements.

The report reviews 13 opportunities for reducing supply-chain carbon emissions within the logistics and transport sector as well as across the extended supply chain. Areas that deliver the greatest abatement potential include clean-vehicle technologies, packaging design, optimized networks and energy-efficient buildings, according to the study. Accomplishing the goals would slash 1,440 megatons of CO2, according to the report.

“However, the greatest strides will be achieved by collaborative end-to-end supply-chain optimization that includes shippers and buyers in addition to logistics and transport providers,” said Narendra Mulani, managing director of Accenture-s Supply Chain Management practice, in a statement.

The report also provides a number of recommendations, for logistics and transport providers as well as for shippers and buyers, to de-carbonize the extended supply chain.

Accenture also recently released a Data Center Energy Forecast report.

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