* Greenness is a concept that has been seen more and more frequently within today's society. It basically means compatibility within the environment and is viewed positively. When combined with logistics you can create an environmentally efficient transportation and distribution system. According to The Geography of Transportation Systems, Green Logistics is Supply chain management practices and strategies that reduce the environmental and energy footprint of freight distribution. It focuses on material handling, waste management, packaging and transport.
* The use of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas can greatly reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses. If the 8 million class 8 vehicles on the road today were to switch to natural gas; that would mean a reduction of 2.5 million barrels of imported oil per day, according to T. Boone Pickens, founder of Clean Energy. A reduction in the 2.5 million barrels of oil imported per day would certainly put a dent in the 35 billion gallons of diesel consumed per day by the trucking industry. Trucks that use liquefied natural gas are more expensive (about $30,000 more per truck) however using this fuel is ethical as it will improve the conditions of the earth. It would also be part of my interest to find ways for companies to improve their gas mileage by figuring out and finding more fuel efficient routes for their transportation methods.
* Although many opportunities exist to reduce waste and energy consumption within specific operations, a glance across the entire supply chain reveals an even larger green logistics opportunity.
* Today, functions within the supply chain — manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reverse logistics, repair — often operate in isolation. Combining and optimizing these functions could have an enormous positive impact on the environment and the bottom line.
* For instance, functions that are typically managed in separate locations — packaging and...
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