The Green Freight Journey is a five-step framework for freight optimization projects. In this blog series, EDF is taking a brief look at each step of the Journey.
These first three steps of the Green Freight Journey are fundamentally about getting “up to speed” on your journey. You start with your objective and metrics; launch a pilot or two; and then embrace the approach with wider adoption and a formal recognition. Now it’s time to invest in progress over the long term.
Companies set themselves up for longer-term success and spur innovation by declaring a goal, which is step 4 of the journey.
To do this, companies need to:
- Assess long-term opportunities – More than just looking at what they can move forward on today, companies need to be thinking along the lines of what they can build towards over the next 3-5 years.
- Focus on continuous improvement – The metrics-driven approach we discuss throughout the Green Freight Journey will be key here. A long-term goal backed by objective metrics inoculates your effort from the threat of “big shiny object” projects – for example, that pet project of an executive that might be great for a press release, but won’t move the needle forward on the metrics.
- Choose an actionable timeframe – The goal should be far enough on the horizon that you will be able to make some significant network changes over the time frame. It should be close enough, though, to be actionable.
- Set specific targets – Your goal should be framed clearly so that all team members will understand when the project can be deemed a success.
Many companies are already setting goals for their freight operations; here are some examples to get you thinking:
- Procter & Gamble: By 2020, reduce truck transportation kilometers by 20% per unit of production compared to 2010 baseline.
- Heinz: Reduce fossil fuel consumption by 10% reduction per unit of production by April 2015 through improved efficiency of its product distribution network.
- IKEA: Reduce CO2 emissions per cubic meter of products transported by 20 percent by the end of FY16, from FY11 levels.
To learn more about the Green Freight Journey, watch our recorded webinar, where we go into more detail about the Green Freight Journey framework, review real-world case examples and highlight tools EDF is making available to help companies progress on their journey.
Steps on the Green Freight Journey: