Leadership in the electrification of ground transport
In recent years we have seen highest temperature records regularly being broken all over the world. Scientists tell us that the planet’s average surface temperature has risen around one degree since the late 19th century – a change that has triggered a series of extreme weather events in recent decades.
Stephan Schablinski, VP, Global GoGreen, Global Operations Excellence, says the broad scientific consensus is that these changes in temperature are the direct result of human activity: “While inconvenient, the truth is that we are at a crossroads. We have the power – and a responsibility – to alter the worrying trajectory of man-made climate change.”
The logistics industry, second only to the energy sector, is in the front line of global business’ battle to curb climate change, with transportation estimated to account for around 16.2 percent of global greenhouse emissions.
The amount of fossil fuels consumed today by commercial road vehicles not only presents a growing cost factor, but is one of the major contributors to the carbon emissions produced by the logistics industry. Since it is this mode of transport that links global supply chains with the final consumers who increasingly reside in urban areas, it is also the industry’s single biggest contributor to local air pollutants such as particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide.
It is no surprise therefore, that a growing number of cities are launching measures to reduce pollution levels and congestion. They aim to maintain their cities’ attractiveness to residents, reduce the time that commuters spend in traffic, and attract tourists – while at the same time encouraging businesses to base their HQs there, provide jobs, and ensure a seamless flow of goods in and out of the city.