Road transport is one of the most worrying sources of pollution for institutions and society, as it´s responsible for a large part of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving sustainable transport is key to combating climate change and is one of the objectives of the ‘European strategy for more efficient transport’.
Although we are increasingly aware of how much a car pollutes, we don’t always think about the carbon footprint of the goods that arrive at businesses in our area, even though it´s one of the most polluting sectors. Transport pollution and how to reduce it is one of the great challenges of the 21st century.
Empty kilometres are one of the main reasons why road transport is so polluting. In many cases, after the goods are delivered, the truck or van returns to the place of origin empty. This results in unnecessary fuel waste and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
It is therefore essential to reduce empty transport kilometres as much as possible. Moreover, it not only has ecological advantages, but also economic ones: if the return journey is made carrying freight, it makes the journey more cost-effective as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the shipment.
While it’s not always easy to obtain return trips and always have a full vehicle, platforms like Carriby makes it easy to find shipments that match your return route. Like any other vehicle-pooling platform, with Carriby you only have to register your route and available space and offers of goods will start arriving.
Vehicle-pooling isn´t the only way to achieve sustainable transport. Choosing products or raw materials that are closer to home, or investing in a fleet of hybrid vehicles are some of the ways to reduce transport pollution.
Even though buying an all-electric vehicle is currently expensive and impractical due to charging times (especially for long journeys), a hybrid is a good option for road transport. Hybrid vehicles enable electricity to be used for urban transport and fossil fuels for long road journeys, thereby reducing fuel consumption.
In addition, selecting more local products by buying and selling from local businesses also helps to reduce the carbon footprint of products. While this isn´t a feasible option for all businesses, it´s possible for some companies to benefit from this short distance transport.
Achieving sustainable transport is a goal that both companies and institutions must reach in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Alternatives to traditional transport, such as Carriby, enable companies to share transport vehicles. Pollution is therefore reduced because vehicles do fewer empty kilometres, making Carriby one of the best assets in the fight to reduce pollution in this sector.