Green logistics – yet another new green hype?!

…Oh, I’d love to! But sustainably, please. Germany is one of the world’s top 10 CO2 emitters. All national and international companies urgently need innovative strategies to radically reduce environmentally harmful emissions in logistics over the long term.

Only through collective rethinking can global energy recovery be realized. How do logistics processes and sustainability go hand in hand in concrete terms? This is precisely where companies acutely need support and know-how in order to really put green logistics into practice.

A long way? Perhaps this is precisely where the solution to the problem lies.

What is Green Logistics all about?

Hard Fact: Globalization is running at full speed, as is the degradation of our planet. Sustainable logistics processes aka Green Logistics, demand a transformation of corporate networks to efficiently implement savings of Co2 emissions. Thereby, solutions are generated to completely rethink logistics processes and execute them in an environmentally friendly way.

What exactly does Green Logistics involve?

The term “green logistics” comes from English and is translated into German as “Grüne Logistik” or “Ökologistik”. Green logistics encompasses all approaches by companies to minimize or even completely avoid ecological damage through the logistics they use.

What is the goal of Green Logistics?

Green Logistics, or green logistics, therefore sets itself the concrete goal of reducing the Co2 footprint through intelligent systems and actively protecting the environment in all supply chain processes. This includes efficient restructuring in production, delivery, and storage: the avoidance of waste products, the use of recyclable materials at the relevant stations in the supply chain – and ultimately the saving of energy and all emissions.

For which companies are Green Logistics relevant?

More and more companies are shedding light on the creative processes of their services and – as a result – must also take a critical look at their logistics processes. Not least because end consumers’ awareness of sustainability is rising just as steadily as the sea level. So the journey is literally the destination. How do goods get from A to B? Anyone who has ever played “my right place is free” as a child knows how diverse transport options can be. Rolling, flying, swimming…you name it. Green logistics is relevant for any company that is involved in the delivery and receipt of goods and wants to make transportation sustainable and efficient. Obviously, Green Logistics is also a hot topic in e-commerce.

Why is Green Logistics important?

It has now even reached the very large corporations: the earth exists only once. Conventional supply chains, often with long-established processes of traditional family businesses, are a big part of the environmental problem. Such companies have de facto prioritized economic gain over ecological foresight. But the math doesn’t add up. We, humans, are consuming natural resources 1.8% faster than the planet can replenish them. This is a radical attack on so-called “biocapacity”; the earth’s ability to sufficiently restore and replenish biomaterial. Right up front: Oxygen!

How good is Germany at climate protection?

After energy generation and industry, transport is the third-largest producer of carbon dioxide in Germany. Our air will become thin if we do not make sustainability a priority immediately. To paint the proverbial picture further: the water will soon be up to our necks if we continue as before – including pesticides that are harmful to health.

If all the inhabitants of the world were to treat the environment in the same way as Germany, we would need planet Earth three times over to compensate for our consumption through biocapacity. If America’s approach to the environment were the global standard, we would need an additional 5.1 planet Earths to make up for the natural resources we have consumed. This is not new news, but it is only now that it is finally being heard more and more. Green Logistics is becoming a serious term in sustainability.

How can the concept of Green Logistics be implemented?

Green Logistics is a generic term for sustainable, green management in the context of all logistics services. Efficiency is no longer defined only on an economic basis, but also on an ecological one. Time and costs are therefore no longer the sole focus of a company. The creation of green conditions already starts with the digitalization of information; e-mail traffic and e-databases instead of the consumption of office materials en masse. Green Logistics extends to the sustainable storage and packaging of goods, the ecologically sound use of roads and vehicles in freight transport, and the provision of services to customers in the very last step of the supply chain. Meaning: How and via which route are goods delivered? What delivery service do I offer as a company? How does the return process work for customers, etc.?

Green logistics in e-commerce

Green logistics, therefore, works primarily in smart systems that reduce the number of unnecessary routes. In this context, the term “micro fulfillment” is often used in e-commerce. The diversification of storage facilities; the so-called “dark stores” at various hotspots, is already an established part of the logistics chain, primarily in young companies. The idea here is that goods are not transported by the logistics company from a single large warehouse for each individual order placed by the end customer. New logistical structures, such as the geographically dispersed dark stores (mostly within large cities), efficiently reduce long delivery trips to end consumers. Bicycles now serve as delivery vehicles instead of cars, since the storage facilities can be reached easily. Environmentally harmful emissions are thus completely avoided.

Is Green Logistics the future?

Conclusion: Companies, whether global players or start-ups, have an active influence on the environment in every step of their logistics activities and must of necessity become aware of this. It will take time until green logistics processes are standardized – and resource-saving logistics processes are implemented globally. Operational changes take time and are usually associated with costs and effort for the time being. Behind all corporate decisions are people – and people are creatures of habit. However, sustainability pays off in the long run – also on an economic level. In view of the increasing pressure from the acute climate situation, the louder demand from consumers on the market, and media attention on the topic of sustainability, green logistics is not only future-proof but simply unavoidable.

Should I incorporate Green Logistics into my business?

From many perspectives, green logistics is a reason to breathe a sigh of relief: because sustainable logistics also has facilitating effects for end customers. This includes flexible delivery times through local warehouses, no trips to the post office for returned goods, and good ecological conscience when purchasing. Clear development steps for service enhancement – with clearly effective added value for business optimization. A win-win-win situation, so to speak; for environmental protection, companies, and end customers. Thus a clear YES to green logistics for all! Do you want to integrate Green Logistics into your company and don’t know how? We make your supply chain sustainable. Learn more about our work HERE and send a contact email to DROPP!