Sustainable trucking: The impact of reducing emissions

Read this post to learn how advanced optimization technologies are reducing emissions to empower sustainable trucking.

Awareness of the environmental impact of the transportation industry, particularly concerning freight carriers, has been growing in recent years. Companies have been looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint in the pursuit of sustainable trucking, without compromising efficiency. Many of these companies have reached their goals with the help of advanced optimization technologies, like those offered by Optym.

Optym’s customers are saving a staggering 18,000 metric tons of daily CO2 emissions by taking advantage of better load consolidation and route planning. These solutions reduce the number of empty miles driven and unnecessary miles covered during pickup and delivery routes.

Let’s examine how these trucking companies impact the industry and how these small daily savings lead to substantial environmental benefits.

The problem: Empty miles and unnecessary miles

Empty miles—the miles driven by trucks without any cargo—are a headache for freight carriers of all sizes. Empty miles contribute to a significant portion of the industry’s CO2 emissions, representing wasted fuel and resources. The absence of efficient route planning leads to drivers covering unnecessary miles during pickup and delivery, further increasing the carbon footprint of freight transportation. 

Waste is the thorn in the trucking industry’s side, especially for those looking to make their operations more sustainable. When carriers tackle waste and increase efficiency, everyone wins.

The solution: Advanced optimization technologies

By integrating cutting-edge algorithms and analytics, advanced optimization technologies help carriers optimize operations, significantly reducing empty and unnecessary miles.

Optym is proud of its work to tackle these issues head-on, helping freight carriers to make more informed decisions about load consolidation and route planning.

Load consolidation

Load consolidation is the process of combining smaller shipments into larger, more efficient loads. By doing so, carriers reduce the number of trucks on the road, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Modern load consolidation solutions use advanced algorithms to analyze shipment data and identify opportunities for consolidation that make the most economical and environmental sense.

User interface of HaulPlan, a load consolidation solution by Optym
User interface of HaulPlan, a load consolidation solution by Optym

By improving load consolidation, carriers quickly identify the best ways to combine shipments, minimizing the miles driven and ensuring that each truck is used as efficiently as possible. This helps reduce CO2 emissions and lowers operating costs for sustainable trucking carriers, making it a win-win solution.

Route planning

Efficient route planning is crucial in minimizing unnecessary miles driven by freight carriers. By using route optimization software, carriers find the most efficient routes for pickup and delivery while considering factors like traffic patterns, road conditions, and delivery windows. This helps drivers avoid covering extra miles that would have otherwise been unnecessary.

Route planning software also considers real-time data, letting carriers adjust their routes dynamically as new information becomes available. This level of adaptability is critical in an industry where unforeseen circumstances can quickly change the landscape of a driver’s route.

User interface of HaulPlan, a load consolidation solution by Optym
User interface of RouteMax, a load consolidation solution by Optym

Route optimization gives carriers the benefits of reduced fuel and labor costs, lower carbon footprint, and improved customer experience. Fleets adopting this technology may see demand for drivers reduced by as much as 12%, miles driven per delivery decrease by 15% and route-planning times reduced by 50%.

The impact: Daily savings lead to sustainable trucking

Numerous large LTL (less-than-truckload) carriers across the United States have used Optym’s optimization solutions. These carriers have effectively reduced the number of miles driven daily by improving their load consolidation and route planning practices.

These daily savings have led to a remarkable reduction of 18,000 metric tons of daily CO2 emissions. This is a tangible and meaningful contribution to the fight against climate change and showcases the power of technology in driving the green revolution in logistics.

Making sustainable trucking possible

The reduction of CO2 emissions shows the potential of technology to make a real difference in the fight against climate change. Carriers adopting advanced optimization technologies have impacted the freight transportation industry by reducing their carbon footprint and improving efficiency. As more companies adopt similar optimization solutions, the cumulative benefits will continue to grow, paving the way for a more sustainable and environmentally responsible logistics sector.

As we move forward, businesses in the transportation industry must continue to prioritize sustainability and adopt optimization technologies like those provided by Optym. By doing so, we can ensure a greener future for the sector and contribute to the global effort to combat climate change.

By driving fewer miles, the industry creates fewer emissions and does its part to reduce the effects of global warming. It’s as simple as that!

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