Operations

How to make your supply chain more sustainable

December 28, 2020
Large container ship moving through seaport
Sasha Khan
Digital Marketing Coordinator
4 Minutes

We’re making waves in environmental responsibility.

When estimations were revealed that the carbon dioxide emissions from shipping alone were equal to nearly 3% of global human-made emissions in 2019, we knew then, we had to do better. This number will only continue to rapidly grow, with expectations of a 50 to 250 percent rise, if we don’t begin to make changes now.  

Unsworth are committed to getting into ship shape and working towards a more sustainable future but there was a big question that loomed over us. Where do we even start? How does an industry that, for decades, has heavily relied on bulk emission-based transportation even begin to make significant cutbacks?  

We have a goal: to be 80% carbon neutral across all lanes and modes by the end of 2021.

We determined the next key steps we needed to take to achieve this and to put Unsworth at the forefront of the industry by introducing carbon measurement, reduction and offset services.

We needed to measure what our current Co2 emissions looked like. Taking a simple calculation of carbon emissions coefficient multiplied by distance travelled and total number of TEU’s shipped, we were able to identify our current Co2 output.  

The next stage was to reduce this number by evaluating and improving current processes. What does this look like? Well, an action as simple as shipping cargo directly into the port closest to the final destination in the UK, in addition to finding alternative options to air freight shipments wherever possible felt like a good start. Moving forward, we’re also looking to collaborate with aligned partners that have robust sustainability goals and strategies in place, in turn, doubling our efforts towards a greener supply chain.  

Our final step (for now) is to ensure that container utilisation remains above 90%.

When are we doing this? It’s already in motion. In under a year, we’ve already offset thousands of tonnes of co2 on behalf of our LCL clients, at no additional cost to them.  

We know this is just the beginning and we will continue to make a positive impact in our own way.  Interested to get on board with a sustainable partner?

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