Sustainability – doing things in a more environmentally friendly way

  • 16 Jul

Sustainability is the not so new buzz word in all types of business. In fact, it has become mainstream.

Research shows both businesses and consumers are placing more and more importance on sustainable suppliers, meaning those who cannot demonstrate some sort of commitment to sustainability risk losing business.

You may already find your clients / customers expect you to operate more sustainably to retain their business, and this expectation will only increase.

On the flip side, operating sustainably should be an opportunity to reduce business costs and improve your bottom line, as those who do it successfully have demonstrated.

As well as being important for your business, sustainable business operations will become increasingly necessary to meet the Government’s long-term goal of lowering and meeting more ambitious lower carbon emissions targets as it strives to make New Zealand a Zero Carbon economy by the middle of the century.

The road transport industry is all part of this and National Road Carriers is committed to helping its members to operate in a more sustainable way.

Operating a business more sustainably can be a mixture of small common-sense work practices and more significant initiatives.

We know many of our members are already doing many things in a sustainable way. The following is a list of simple options you could consider.

  • Using GPS tracking for more efficient route planning.
  • Ensuring you are using safe and fuel-efficient (SAFED) driving techniques.
  • Operating high productivity units – finding backloads for return journeys and trucking full loads to a destination, rather than two-part loads.
  • Purchasing the most fuel-efficient vehicles when updating your fleet.
  • Using the most efficient, environmentally-friendly trucks for the type of work they are doing.
  • Using an EV (forklift / light truck) with subsidies available from ECCA, when practical.
  • Recycling rain water at the depot for truck washing and other appropriate uses.
  • Using the most energy-efficient lights and lighting systems to save on electricity costs.
  • Recycling more waste to save on rubbish collection costs.
  • Implementing health and safety standards to ensure less down time.
  • Ensuring incident/ crash response procedures to deal with environmental spills, are up to date and implemented.
  • Using alternative fuels where possible.
  • Monitoring engine emissions and performance with on board diagnostics.
  • Learning more about what other businesses are doing about sustainability by joining the Sustainable Business Council (larger businesses) or the Sustainable Business Network (SMEs).

Watch this space for NRC member case studies and more practical information on what you can do to make your business more sustainable.