Carbon Footprint Case Study

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Introduction.
A carbon footprint is said to be the accumulative amount of greenhouse gases produced to deliberately or non-deliberately support human activities; usually expressed in similar tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). This is usually calculated on an average period of one year.
Carbon dioxide being a green house gas highly contributes to change in climate, which is the ultimate effect of large carbon footprints, Wiedmann and Minx (2008).
A change in climate has adverse effects on the human, wildlife and plant environment in general. One effect is that it leads to a considerable increase in temperature and a great shift in precipitation which ultimately results to a distortion in growing patterns of plants. Wildlife that highly depends on
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In addition, a huge threat is posed on the economy. Economies that are mostly affected are those that rely on land and natural resources such as farms since yields are lowered significantly by increased climate change. According to Nature Conservancy also, the high rise in temperatures of oceans is a crucial hindrance to the survival of coral reefs.
Aramex is a company established in 1982, for the purpose of comprehensive logistics and transport solutions. The company is recognized worldwide for its customized services and innovativeness in multi product offering.
Due to the above candid effects of climate change which are clearly spearheaded by carbon footprint the company has formulated policies and solutions to control and ultimately reduce, in a large percentage, its carbon foot print in their logistics operations.
Also the descicion to reduce carbon footprint is greatly induced by the fact that logistics companies are responsible for 6% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
According to the company’s carbon footprint report the company has carried the following in order to ensure this is
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According to a joint study by various universities in the United States and Hong Kong, “determination of how frequently supply deliveries are made could be as equally important in eliminating carbon emissions as the energy efficiency of the transport vessels used to make these supply deliveries.”
There should also be put in place a consistent method of compiling and reporting fuel data. This method allows for awareness of the usage of fuel and therefore ways of reduction of its usage are stipulated.
Consequently, the supply chain in the company should also be depreciated. Surprisingly this aids in regulation of carbon footprint since faster movement of vehicles translates to more emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) Kani, De Souza, Wagner and Manikandan (2010).
Aramex should also build energy proficient warehouses that make use of equipment such as solar panels and LED lights.
Also, software such as Roadnet which is a fleet management software provides enhanced tracking of vessels on the move thus promoting efficiency.
In conclusion, Amarex Company and all others in general should aim at being environment friendly in all their operations begin with reducing carbon

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