Sustainable in a Circular World. The world needs to move from grey to green, fueled by design techniques that are sustainable in a circular economy. Sustainability intentionally maximizes the environmental, social, governance, and digital actions to fully engage it.
Addressing sustainability in our supply chain could be the key to moving toward a more sustainable world. The outcome could be an improved environmental impact for all, as well as improved productivity and cost savings, ultimately leading to better stability of the supply chain. I would call that a win-win-win-win.
Consider the example of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, which provides supply-chain solutions using an integrated, multimodal approach and technology-driven methods. The company’s services include intermodal, dedicated, refrigerated, truckload, less-than-truckload, flatbed, single source, final mile, and more.
J.B. Hunt recently detailed its progress in its 2020 Sustainability Report, with a big focus on that fleet. By developing and implementing new technologies that complement its commitment to creating an efficient transportation network in North America, the company has been able to make big strides in this particular area.
The numbers are impressive too. J.B. Hunt has avoided an estimated 3.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions by converting over-the-road loads to intermodal. Additionally, it has helped company drivers avoid an estimated 4.3 million empty miles with J.B. Hunt 360, which is the company’s multimodal digital freight marketplace.
The company is also completing its first delivery using a heavy-duty class 8 electric vehicle and has celebrated the first five-million-mile safe driver in company history—all this while preserving through the pandemic.
Prepared in accordance with the TCFD (Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures), GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), and SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) frameworks, the 2020 Sustainability Report details the company’s commitment to employees, customers, shareholders, vendors and suppliers, and the communities it serves.
The benefits here go beyond just “green.” A sustainability improvement in the supply change can help increase the efficiency of buildings, vehicles, and machines—as we are seeing is the case with J.B. Hunt. Perhaps others in this space might consider how technology can help speed our supply chain to greater efficiencies and sustainability.
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The world needs to move from grey to green, fueled by design techniques that are sustainable in a circular economy.