When creating or strategizing sustainability initiatives owners and operators need to consider every aspect of their business when trying to get their business energy-efficient. The green business image is currently trending and in order to achieve a sustainable business status all parts of the operation must be considered.

While getting energy-efficient with shipping can be a complicated topic, for the sake of this How To we’re going to keep it simple so a basic understanding of this concept is achieved and businesses can take away key information when making green operational decisions.

Why shipping efficiency is important

Importing, exporting, new shipments — many businesses rely on external companies to deliver goods for different parts of their operations. How these items, packages, tools, etc. arrive to your business matters and is an integral part of your sustainable business.

The shipping company’s choice of fuel, how much energy they consume and the amount of carbon and pollution they produce is also a reflection on your business as it is part of your operational system. When applying for sustainability awards or proving sustainable operations, this aspect of the business is always considered.

There are websites like Carbon War Room that have missions to reduce carbon emissions and improve the efficiency of the shipping industry by bridging gaps in market information related to environmental efficiency, encouraging key stakeholders to embed efficiency into decision making, and unlocking capital flow for technology retrofits.

Carbon War Room’s vision encourages energy-efficient technology in the shipping industry — they could have the opportunity to save $70 billion annually in fuel and reduce carbon and other pollution by 30 per cent, according to the site.

See, the earth’s most reliable form of mass transportation is shipping — it carries methods for energy, materials, food and more — taking necessary items around the world. Because of this, the efficiency and sustainability efforts of the industry are significant.

How does this affect my business?

When making supplier choices or deciding on how things are getting to your business, aim to make sustainable choices opting for companies that practice energy efficiency and attempt sustainable practices.

This requires the person in charge of your operations to do plenty of research when deciding on suppliers, transportation services and sometimes even products. It’s an important factor to consider — just like prices, quality and services. When you use a shipping company, their carbon emissions are yours when they’re bringing you your goods.

Neat news for the shipping industry

According to e! Science News, scientists are developing a sustainable paint ingredient they get from plants. With this paint, the ship will be able to resist clingy sea critters without ending their lives.

“By increasing water resistance, they can bump a ship’s fuel use by as much as 40 percent, which costs money, adds pollution and depletes sources,” reports e! Science News.

So far, the new coating apparently stops algae, tube warms and other sea critters of the like from clinging onto big boats.

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