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How to contribute to sustainability objectives

By shippers and 3PLs

Companies today have overall sustainability goals and supply chain managers and logistics service providers are asked to develop strategies and plans to contribute to related objectives. To support this contribution, the transportation management services, processes, and systems  need to be optimised in 4 different areas to support realisation of environmental impact KPI's.


Definition and monitoring of environmental impact KPI's

  • Materials Used (Weight or Volume)

  • Energy Consumed (Joules, Watt-hours or Multiples) 

  • Water Volume Withdrawn (Gallons, Liters or Multiples) 

  • Air Emissions (Metric Tons or Equivalents)

  • Liquid and Solid Wastes (Gallons, Liters or Multiples, Weight or Volume)

Supply chain design also based on sustainability considerations

Design of the network, transportation means and packaging materials and procurement of carriers based on contribution to cost reduction, service improvement and sustainability objectives


Optimisation of operational processes

  • Include the environmental impact in network design

  • Select and manage providers also based on the environmental KPI's

  • More focus on dynamic transport planning 

  • Include environmental KPIs in performance reporting

Modification of systems to collect, use and analyse sustainability data

Data collection and storage

  • Collect data for each shipment regarding the energy consumption and GHG emission

  • Collect periodical data from each vendor/provider regarding the environmental impact KPI’s

SC/network design 

  • Include the impact on environmental impact KPIs in the definition and analysis of scenarios

Transport planning

  • Include impact on GHG emissions in transport mode and carrier selection functionality

  • Optimize use of dynamic transport planning functionality for shipment consolidation, load design and trip planning

Execution management 

  • Include the environmental impact in decisions about corrective actions


  • Analyse the actuals regarding environmental impact KPIs and initiate where needed continuous improvement actions based on these insights


  • Reporting of the environmental impact KPI’s on the different levels: supply chain overall, sub-contractors, vendors and 4PL

  • Break down of these KPIs by flow, contractor and/or vendor

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