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What are the key barriers and challenges in achieving sustainability in Transportation and Logistics?

Transportation and logistics account for over a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions around the world and plays an essential role in the current climate crisis. Still, for many industry players, it is still hardly uncharted territory. Sustainable transportation and logistics aim to lower the ecological footprint of its tasks, such as CO2 emissions, noise pollution, and accidents. To achieve it suppliers must look for a balance between financial growth, environment care, and the health of society.

Many companies in the sector have set sustainability objectives but typically fall far short of their potential. At the same time, the environmental regulations are becoming more and more strict and transportation and logistics companies must make their tasks increasingly more sustainable to meet these regulations, net-zero commitments and improve their social responsibility to consumers.

During the recent Geoawesomeness Digital Meetup on sustainable transportation and logistics, we have invited four speakers representing different industry players to discuss the key barriers, challenges and solutions relevant for achieving the ESG objectives.

Our first speaker was Andrea Schön, Head of Business Sustainability and Customer Consulting from DB Schenker. Andrea shared some insights on ESG corporate strategy and roadmap to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. She discussed challenges related to the introduction of various eco-products and services as well as barriers related to carbon reporting, carbon accounting and green fuels.

The second speaker was Maciej Starzyk, Vice-director from PwC focused on Transportation and Logistics. Maciej discussed top forces transforming transportation and logistics in the post-lock-down reality. He discussed ESG aspects and the role of technology and digital transformation in achieving the sustainability objectives.

Out 3rd speaker was Anna Nijhuis, Product Marketing Manager from TomTom who talked about the location technology aspect in the sustainability-driven supply chains. She discussed in detail the most relevant industry trends and technology solutions. She analyzed methods of mitigating some of the major urban logistics challenges including digitalization, drivers’ shortage, congestion, emissions and infrastructure changes.

Our last but not least speaker was Roy Matalon, Head of Business Development
@Fernride. He analyzed teleoperations solutions and their impact on sustainability in Transportation and Logistics

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With an aim to make earth a better and safer place to live in, Geo Climate Risk Solutions (GCRS), India was founded in the year 2014 and offers its solution in areas like geo spatial services, environment and spatial planning, disaster and climate risk reduction amongst many others. Their mission is to engage in principle of Risk Reduction and Resilience Building with a core agenda of building solutions for environmental, Industrial, Agricultural, Water and socio-economic sustainability to the development challenges.

GCRS is a solution provider, consultancy and advisory services organization primarily focusing on challenges related to environment and sustainability and offering solutions to governments, institutions, corporates, industries and multi-lateral, bilateral funding partners and donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations. They derive its strength from a pool of highly experienced human resources with in depth knowledge on issues related to environmental risks and geo hazards, management of natural resources, sustainability safeguards, policy frame work and capacity building. Core strength of them is also in spatial data analysis, interpretation, reporting and monitoring and evaluations. Their designs and operates for itself and the clientele geospatial technologies based user-friendly tools and solutions for easy access, retrieval, trend-analysis, updating, understanding and prediction of a wide range of natural and environmental issues risks and natural hazards and it extensively uses geo-spatial tools and satellite imageries for data interpretation and analysis. The company focuses on innovations and spatial platforms to address the issues in climate change, disaster risk reduction, integrated water resource management and other developments. It does so by conglomerating geographic information systems and information technology to provide innovation and cutting-edge solutions.

As mentioned above, they provide various solutions through various means- by industry, technologies/Functional and through various sectors.

Solutions through

  • Industry includes Governments- Public Sector Units, Oil & Gas, Corporates, Industries and Mining, Multilateral/Donor agencies and Non-government Organisations.
  • Technologies/Functional- Geospatial Technologies and Information Technologies, Catastrophe Modelling, Hazard Risk Analysis, Resilient building, Sustainability Analysis and Reporting and Satellite image processing and interpretation.
  • Sectors – Environment, Natural Resources, Water Sector, Biodiversity, Land and Soils and Climate Change and DRR.

SERVICES– This company provides various benefits for country which includes Master plans for governments, institutions and large industries to assess their share of the resources, recent trends in depletion and contamination and suggesting short-term and long-term interventions, control and conservation measures including governance, regulatory compliance, capex and opex for management and institutional capacity building and many information regarding Water, Land, Soil, Agriculture, Bio diversity, Advisory services on above for industries, infrastructure and large development projects, Environmental Risks Emissions, discharges & contamination, Geo Hazards, Societal risks, Bio diversity losses, Due diligence for new and contaminated sites Regulatory exposures, including changes in environmental laws requiring responses to pollution, Supply chain risk, Operational exposures that result in the discovery of existing pollution conditions or new conditions related to spills and releases, Legacy exposures resulting from divestitures, acquisitions, plant closings, non-owned disposal sites, or company restructuring, Clean-up projects that can absorb significant financial resources and often result in expensive cost overruns, Helping the MEME sector in meeting environmental safeguards Pollution Control Capacity Building & Monitoring Policy framework Recycling and reuse Training Awareness Support services to Corporate and Institutions Sustainability Reporting Sustainability Performance Evaluation Action Plans to meet SDGs.

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