Environmental Challenge Confronted:
In an ever challenging and more demanding market Jan de Rijk Logistics ("JDR") was challenged by both its social responsibility awareness as its customers to continuously reduce its carbon footprint. A reduction of 20% CO2 emissions within 5 years was already targeted as being the main goal for one of the first companies to adapt the Lean and Green program in Europe.
JDR quickly acknowledged that a thorough breakdown of all related emissions was to be in place, requiring a solid and powerful software tool. JDR invested in software able to measure all CO2 emissions, based on both planned- and actual trip data of the company: all self-operated and sub-contracted modalities are present as well as complex combined trips, crossdock and empy leg calculations. The model itself is based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, STREAM methodology, and provides customers with detailed emission data and gives JDR a clear insight in “Activity Based Carboning”, supporting JDR in achieving the highest CO2 emissions reductions as possible. It proved that over 97% of JDR CO2 emissions are caused by the emissions of combustion engines, clearly indicating where the focus should be.
Best Practice Undertaken:
Analyzing and actually lowering the carbon footprint of JDR resulted in a broad scale of measures, ranging from facilities measures, fuel consumption & fleet optimization (new EU legislation on vehicles resulted in “cleaner” however more CO2 emitting trucks), adjusted IT deployment and renewed network optimization for its customers.
Combining the opportunities of this network engineering with the ever increasing legislation needed for European cross-Alpes transport accelerated investing in the expansion of its intermodal (truck & train) network. By providing a multi-modal solution where specially engineered (train-)containers can be trucked to- and from its railterminals JDR Intermodal achieved a carbon emission reduction of 50gr per ton km.
Given the shipped volumes by its Intermodal branch alone (75 45 foot containers per day) an absolute saving of 7600 ton of CO2 was achieved in 2014, or 63% of its division emissions.