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Measuring Your Carbon Footprint, but What Else?

Supply chain sustainability using TMS
I have been riding my bike to work for the past two weeks. Yep, it’s true. One could say, I’ve turned over a “green” leaf.  I know, bad joke.

Did you know that the average United States driver commutes 29 miles per day for a total of 55 minutes per day? That’s 580 miles a month! (If we assume a 5 day work week). Overall, in the United States 86% percent of people commute to work by car. As staggering as that is, I actually thought that number would be higher.

My wife and I have three kids and two dogs. Our vehicles of choice have been SUV’s. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a car emits 500.45 pounds of carbon dioxide per month. SUVs and trucks (not the trucks all of us in supply chain are used to — think Chevy pickups) emit 694.45 pound per month.

As supply chain professionals, we already know it’s not just that we drive; its what we drive, how fast we drive, and the condition of our vehicles. The typical truck (and now, I am talking semi’s) can reduce fuel consumption up to 22% simply by reducing their speed from 65mph to 55mph.

Okay, so what else are we doing at TMC?  Well, as you might have guessed, we are measuring and working to improve our own carbon footprint. Currently, just over 50% of the TMC division workforce walks, bikes, or takes public transportation to work. We are pretty proud of that. I think it says a lot about the effort we are putting in.

The building recycling program we participate in saved 280 trees last month and 115,000 gallons of water. Approximately, 987 lbs of pollutants were not released, and 49 cubic yards of waste did not see a landfill.

As a shipper community, many of our customers are using our tools to measure their emissions. Many have asked us to model their freight networks to create both hard savings and reduced emissions. We’ve also provided information on how to pursue carbon off-sets in case the event a transportation decision is made to save money rather than reduce emissions.

This is not the limit of what we are doing as an organization. It is, however, the limit I think readers will tolerate on a blog. So, for more information on what we are doing in the realm of sustainability, please visit: The Bureau of Transportation

By the way, the sources for my statistics include:  The Bureau of Transportation and the EPA.

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