To reduce deadhead mileage and at the same time reduce carbon emissions in the standard and heavy haul transportation sectors flatbed trucking companies are embracing these new technologies at a rapid rate.
Because the long-haul trucking industry has been determined to contribute up to twenty-eight per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions this is critical to the continued reduction efforts of these carbon emission regulations. The supply chain demands this high mileage and heavy loads to stay current with market trends.
Ten-point eight billion tons of freight are transported annually representing seventy per cent of all goods that are moved domestically. The environmental protection agency has regulations in place to reduce these impacts in the standard and oversize shipment sectors, but they are hardly sufficient on their own. These greenhouse gas standards and the use of renewable fuels alone are not enough.
Flatbed trucking companies are looking toward technology to reduce these emissions while they ensure the timely movement of goods in an effective and efficient logistical flow. This kind of effort can make sure to offer much-needed sustainability for standard and oversize trucking improving efficiency because of the management and responsibility of these supply chains.
Forty per cent of truck drivers and carriers are driving empty miles. When these empty miles are spuing emissions they take a detrimental effect wasting these emissions during the transportation effort. If a truck could be carrying cargo at a higher percentage of the time this would cut down significantly the percentage of these harmful emissions. Most of this impact is a result of returning empty containers back to port.
To improve on the efficiencies of the empty miles bottleneck there are new and developed technology solutions moving into the market such as app-based programs that link in real-time the need for a currently unloaded container in a nearby location seeking one. These containers can then be returned to port loaded with a much lower rate of empty miles. Using this technology to facilitate these street turns as they are referred to in the industry eliminates the needless emissions produced by these empty miles.
Other areas that these emerging computer algorithms address is the leveraging of capacity data and optimizing drivers day to day schedules much faster than before. The ability to intercept and direct carriers and drivers in real-time increases their compensation. Eliminating idle time at congested ports is handled by apps that dedicate lane and gate times improving the sustainability of the supply chain over time.
In summary by leveraging the data to reduce these carbon emissions for the millions of trucks already on the road today a more sustainable and efficient supply chain will be managed. Managing idle times, deadhead and empty miles add multi-level benefits to carriers that want to take advantage of improved efficiencies. These benefits also aid in green initiatives for shippers supplying better logistics for drivers and maintaining environmental responsibilities all around.