European road freight companies are currently in higher demand now than at any other point in previous history, and whilst that is indeed a fantastic thing for the economy, and indeed each and every individual actively involved in the freight industry, the downside is the fact that we are harming the environment. Being green in general is pretty tough, and whilst many of us are finally doing our bit to help the environment, I.E walking instead of driving, recycling, etc, what about those of us who clock up a ridiculous amount of miles each week by simply doing our jobs. Those involved in the European road freight industry for example, are obviously producing a fair amount of emissions from their vehicles each week, which is not doing the environment any good at all. Because of this, we need to look for safer, greener, and more efficient alternatives. Here’s a look at 3 green freight methods that have been found to considerably lower a company’s carbon footprint and be a much greener freight alternative.
Although there are many, many different ways of being green when it comes to road freight, the fact remains that freight trains are generally considered a much greener alternative and are incredibly fuel and energy efficient. To begin with, freight trains are much larger than vans or lorries, which means that they can transport more goods at a time. One freight train has the potential to carry far more goods than vans and lorries, and so if you choose to transport your goods via train, you only have the energy and the emissions being produced via the train to concern yourself with, instead of the countless vehicles that would ordinarily be required to transport these goods up and down the country. The trains are also far more fuel efficient as they have the potential to carry the goods more than 500 miles on one tank of fuel, which is extremely impressive. Thanks to all of the advances in modern technology, freight trains are more efficient than ever before, which is great for our planet, and indeed, those in the freight industry.
As mentioned, European road freight is currently more popular than ever before, and due to the fact that there are so many vans, trucks, and lorries on the road each day, the need for these vehicles to become green has never been greater. Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which these vehicles are now able to become greener and more efficient, with bio-diesel especially, looking very promising indeed. Bio-diesel is diesel which has been made via fats or oils, as opposed to crude oil. This means that old oil, I.E oil from restaurants, can actually be recycled and turned into fuel. Bio-diesel has the potential to lower emissions by as much as 70%.
Hybrid vehicles are basically part fuel-powered vehicles, part electric-powered vehicles, and they are becoming more common with each passing day. Some vehicles can even be pure electricity powered. Whether hybrid, or electricity powered, these vehicles work in exactly the same way, with the added bonus of saving gallons upon gallons of fuel every single day.