The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970, thanks to a huge effort from U.S. Senator Gaylor Wilson from Wisconsin who wanted to bring attention to the state of our environment after he witnessed the effects of massive oil spills along the California coast. Earth Day caught on, sparking a national interest for conserving energy, lowering carbon emissions and keeping our air clean.
That same year Congress established the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and passed the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Since then, Earth Day celebrations have expanded globally to nearly 200 countries in an effort to raise awareness for sustainability and environmental protection.
In two years, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – April 20, 2020. Let’s keep the momentum going by looking at ways that the transportation industry can help make the Earth “greener”:
- Lower mileage and reduce fuel usage by planning routes and combining loads so that trucks delivering to the same or a nearby location can make a single trip instead of multiple trips.
- Eliminate empty trucks with an efficient shipment execution platform. It has been estimated that 29% of all trucks in the U.S. are running empty. Industry statistics show that empty trucks travel approximately 20 billion highway miles each year, equating to 15 billion gallons of wasted fuel at an overall cost of $30 billion. Transporeon “No-Touch Order” shipment execution utilizes the spot market principle to automate the bidding process. Transporeon’s vast network of carriers and logistics service providers respond to bids, allowing them to fill partial loads and create more truckload shipments. If a load needs to be delivered to one location, users can see if there are other loads nearby that need to be picked up so the truck is fuller or doesn’t run empty.
- Reduce idling and wait time by using a dock scheduling solution that schedules appointments at the dock for unloading so trucks don’t have to wait in the yard, idling and releasing noxious gases to the environment. With Transporeon’s dock scheduling system, you can manage the incoming drivers, sending them a text message directing them to the appropriate dock. Idling and wait times are cut by up to 40%.
- Reduce or eliminate paper usage to save trees by automating business processes such as carrier sourcing, load tendering, freight bill audit and payment, etc. The shipping process generates lots of paperwork, so reducing this with automated processes will be a big step towards environmental healing.
With far-reaching consequences for the environment and downstream economy, efficient use of existing capacity would lead to less traffic and a decrease in CO2 emissions, in addition to a decline in costs for both shippers and carriers alike. Now that’s a good way to celebrate Earth Day 2018!