Construction Logistics and Net Zero Carbon Goals

Construction logistics could be the last piece for many businesses to reach their net zero goals

With a new wave of net zero carbon goals being brought forward by the government, numerous sectors are being tasked with reevaluating their logistic methods. Construction is one such sector. As one of the leading contributors to carbon emissions construction companies have a tall task to become net zero by 2050.

Historically, the fabrication, transportation and delivery of construction materials has been reliant on methods that produce large amounts of carbon emissions. With the latest innovations and advances in technology this reliance on outdated methods is beginning to disappear. However, there are still a few key areas where construction companies could do more to improve the general landscape of construction logistics. 

Sustainable Transport Options

The most obvious first step for construction companies is to move away from their reliance on conventional vehicles. By moving towards hybrid or fully electrical vehicles companies can drastically lower their carbon emissions. This is especially true when consolidation centres are utilised as well.

If this isn’t possible there is also the option of using efficient route planning software. This method helps transport to avoid routes which are heavily congested, especially during peak times. This minimises carbon emissions and leads to more consistent delivery times.

If companies are able to implement both of these methods, they’ll have far more efficient transport schedules and will be able to carry over that time saved to other aspects of projects.

Sustainable Materials

Companies should take a two-step approach when producing or purchasing materials:

  1. Ensure materials are recyclable whenever possible
  2. Prefabricate off-site whenever possible

Both of these steps take away additional transportation trips as well as reducing the amount of material wasted and sent to landfills.

These same steps also provide construction companies with a great opportunity to reduce costs by reusing materials across sites and projects.

Review Waste Disposal

It is easy to fall into familiar patterns and procedures when it comes to waste disposal, largely because waste free construction projects are impossible. This often leads to tonnes of recyclable and reusable material being wasted rather than saved.

This is why it’s vital to frequently audit and review your waste processes. By constantly and consistently reviewing your waste disposal process you not only reduce your carbon emissions, but you can potentially save money.


Driving Continuous Improvement

Efficiency is the key element in reducing carbon emissions in construction logistics. The best way to drive efficiency (and therefore sustainability) is to invest in software which does the heavy lifting for you.

Delivery Management Systems are one such software. These systems record carbon emissions, track deliveries, organise holding areas, keep assets busy and compile all that information into easy-access reporting.

Being able to readily access all this information allows companies to identify potential gaps within their processes and procedures. Within a net zero scope a Delivery Management System could be the deciding factor in helping a construction company reach the government’s 2050 goals.

For more information on net zero carbon goals click here.

For information on why Zone Manager are perfect for logistics contractors  click here.

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