Measuring the Impact of Sustainability on Logistics & Transportation

‘Sustainability’ stresses the integrated nature of human activities. Therefore, the necessity for coordinated planning among various sectors, groups and authorities is the need-of-the-hour as it expands the objectives, impacts and options considered in a planning stage. The present demand for optimised ecological practices is on the rise and the Supply Chain and the Logistics Industry is at the core of many such decisions.

According to several reports and insights of the year 2021, The Air Cargo stakeholders’ choices and demands have evolved in the last decade, with a continuous need for transparency and efficiency. Thus, an immediate requirement of measuring the impact of the sustainability of logistics and air transportation is required for 2021-22.

Planning a sustainable Transportation & Logistics operation, so that the vehicle management and supply chain decisions can bring positive effects in several ways, is required. Also, a variety of objectives and impacts should be considered in the planning process, especially when determining the sustainability of air transportation. According to recent reports, the Greenhouse Gas (GHG or GhG) emissions from air transportation accounted for around 29 per cent of the total U.S. GHG emissions, making it the largest contributor of global emissions. As freight activity and the pace of logistics has increased, globally during the pandemic, growth in air emissions from freight will exceed growth in emissions from all other transportation activities.

By measuring and managing the societal, environmental and ecological performance of the logistic supply chain, organizations can not only save the planet but their revenue too. Despite the economic and pandemic-related challenges of the past two years, organizational commitment to sustainability remains strong and rigid. According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), the majority of companies were unbending their energies to create sustainable supply chains and that the COVID-19 crisis either accelerated their efforts or helped raise awareness of the importance of sustainable business practices, lately.

The multi-methodological approach, which is to be followed to simultaneously measure the economic and environmental performance in logistics systems and supply chains is cognizant of the ongoing demands and needs of both the industry and Earth. The challenges associated with environmental performance indicators were well documented and using generalised scientific models to estimate emission levels on the other hand, the general approach of measuring the optimization is supported by four major aspects:

1) Process Mapping: Process Mapping is a communication tool to recognize how the processes operate and where does the actual accountability lie

2) Variable determination and data collection: Once proper process maps are constructed, it is possible to determine the types of data to be collected, as well as the way in which they will be collected

3) Mathematical/simulation model construction: Accurate data collection is essential for appropriate performance analysis as it is the key to decision-making

4)     Sensitivity analysis: The purpose of constructing mathematical or simulation models is to conduct sensitivity analysis so that better-informed decisions can be made for a more optimised resource leakage

With new-generation, cloud-based solutions, Cargo Flash Infotech is gradually altering how supply chains impact the environment — and finding smart, new paths for sustainability and economic growth to work together for all stakeholders, including customers, carrier partners, consumers, and investors. Cargo Flash is advancing sustainable Transportation Supply Chains, worldwide, whilst also advancing the logistics sector. Its technology and business solutions are designed to address long-term trends, changes, and challenges in the freight transportation sector whilst also, directly contributing to the economic and ecological sustainability of the logistics sphere.

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