Carbon Neutral Warehousing
Carbon emissions are one of the main contributors of global warming which is the number one cause for many environmental, climate and health issues. From decreasing precipitation which leads to shrinking of water supplies to changing weather patterns, carbon emissions pose a big threat to our planet and should be checked immediately before it leads to catastrophic consequences.
What are carbon emissions and why is it essential to go carbon neutral
Our world today relies more on burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas instead of using renewable sources like solar, wind or hydropower for energy generation. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which are called greenhouse or carbon emissions. These raise global temperatures causing global warming which result in changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels, melting polar caps, desertification, etc.
The major sources of global carbon emissions are through human activities which include electricity and heat generation for commercial and residential buildings, supply chain operations, transportation, industrial processes, oil and gas productions and deforestations to name a few.
To combat climate change and the detrimental effects that carbon emissions are having on the earth, it is important to bring down carbon emissions or go carbon neutral. Many organizations and businesses especially those in the logistics and transportation industry are optimizing their business processes to reduce their carbon imprint and mitigate the environmental impact that is being caused due to it.
Achieving Carbon Neutrality in warehousing
Warehousing, an important part of the supply chain network, accounts for an estimated 13.1% of the global carbon emissions. Making warehouses energy efficient not only will help companies to achieve significant cost-savings, but it is also the key to reducing carbon emissions.
There are three key areas in warehousing which when optimized can play a role in reducing warehouse energy cost and achieving carbon neutrality. These include:
- Warehouse temperatures
By analyzing the energy performance and implementing energy-saving measures, carbon emissions can be brought down.
Below are some sustainable methods in warehousing by which companies in the supply chain and logistics industry can put in place to minimize its carbon imprint.
- Optimization of electrical lighting through the use of energy-efficient lighting
- Use of fluorescent lighting
- Generation of energy using renewable sources like solar energy
- Implementing onsite recycling programs
- Implementing programmable heating and cooling technologies to maintain the requisite temperature in the warehouse as well as ensuring its proper insulation
- Use of battery-powered forklifts
- Operational training of staff
With the increasingly harmful effects the greenhouse gases are having on the planet, there is dire need of logistics providers who are not only capable of transporting and storing goods in a cost-effective and reliable way but doing so by implementing eco-friendly strategies into their processes to bring down their carbon imprint.
By employing a logistics service provider committed to the betterment of the environment through sustainable practices, companies can increase their efficiency and savings as well as play a part in reducing their carbon imprint and ensuring a better and healthier planet for all its inhabitants.
At Alsi Oman, we are committed towards sustainable logistics with an emphasis on reducing carbon emissions. We offer carbon-neutral warehousing services as part of our commitment towards going green.
Contact us today to know more about our carbon neutral warehousing.
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