While the climate emergency and the demand of certain consumers intersect to reduce the carbon footprint, how to be a responsible shipper? For this, the implementation of a Transport Management System (TMS) can effectively reduce the ecological impact of commercial enterprises. Here is how to make the most of this solution to make your offer more virtuous and begin your evolution towards green transport.
Reminder: what is a TMS charger?
A TMS - Transport Management System - is a digital tool, available either only on site, or, most often today, on the Cloud in SaaS. It allows real-time management of the entire transport system.
Specifically for shippers, i.e. shippers and trading companies that entrust their cargo to carriers, the TMS offers many customized options.
What is “green transport”?
Green transport can be translated into sustainable transport of goods. It qualifies companies whose business is transport, or shippers who make concrete efforts to limit their environmental impact. In this, it is the direct continuation of the green Supply Chain.
The environmental approaches of carriers and shippers are not new and they benefit from the solutions made available to them. In addition to digital technology and tools that reduce emissions, national programs encourage impact reduction, such as ADEME's EVE program.
The loader TMS: an essential tool for reducing CO2 emissions
Transportation alone accounts for 31% of greenhouse gas emissions (ADEME). Of course, this includes both private and professional transport by car (which rejects half of these same emissions), and road transport of goods. To deal with this reality, transport and trade players must necessarily use digital tools. The TMS is the perfect example of this. Thanks to the data it collects and makes visible by offering key indicators (KPI), it activates rapid decision-making levers that promote the reduction of CO2 emissions. Here are the 4 main ones:
1. Choose your modes of transport and your carriers with a TMS
Among its most interesting functions, a TMS gives you the possibility to choose the most sustainable modes of transport. Depending on your final recipients in France or abroad, it is sometimes more interesting – ecologically but also financially – to use other methods.
- Freight by boat and possibly by train, for long distances internationally, can thus significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to the use of trucks.
- When road transport is unavoidable, TMS has the ability to reduce CO2 emissions as well. For this, it provides you with useful information to know which carrier will cause the least impact. These are above all those who choose, with their own TMS, to limit travel and optimize their routes in order to consume less fuel and therefore emit less CO2.
2. Optimize itineraries yourself in conjunction with carriers
A TMS dedicated to shippers automatically optimizes delivery routes. Algorithms determine the most fuel-efficient routes. The effect is immediate on greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the time and distance travelled. Added to this are all the issues related to noise and congestion on urban roads, which are also limited. According to Bruit Parif, a 3.5 ton truck alone generates 75 to 85 decibels. However, it is the accumulation of noise and pollution that reduces the quality of the living conditions of inhabitants in large cities, near highways, and even in certain rural areas.
3. Plan the payload
Another environmental benefit of TMS is that it optimally schedules the payload of trucks to reduce their number on the roads and empty runs. In the end, these count as even less CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
4. Real-time tracking
With your TMS, follow the trucks transporting your goods in real time! With this device, you can follow the performance of carriers and their trucks, so you can make better choices next time. In the same way, you can link your data with those of your carriers for even more efficient collaboration and the common reduction of your environmental impact.
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