Sustainable logistics must stem from the roots of an operation and exist throughout the life cycle of an event. We are constantly evaluating our role in this and looking for ways to assist our customers to do the same.
GAC UK are working towards protecting both the global and local environment. We are ISO 14001 certified for our Environmental Management System which underpins all of our sustainable activities. As part of this commitment we strive to reduce the carbon emissions generated through our business activities by using technology to minimise travel and we have massively cut back on the amount of printing and paper usage in our offices. Over the past 2 years we have planted 85 trees and we have purchased an acre of hedgerow through the Woodland Trust to encourage biodiversity.
Freight CO2 emissions can be reduced if cargo is packed wisely, limiting the volumes and the requirements wherever possible. At GAC Pindar, we encourage our customers to make use of our load optimisation software and limit the number of moves per cargo piece.
We provide options to use low emission vehicles where available and, when customer timelines allow, actively push freight via rail transport as the least environmentally harmful logistics solution, or onto ocean carriers, taking it off the roads and out of the air. To make this happen, logistics requirements and routing plans must be planned out well in advance. Customers can use our feasibility planning services to ensure freight is shipped as sustainably as possible.
Another focus area for the marine sport, leisure and event industries is the reduction in packaging materials that end up in landfill. Our ‘on-the-ground’ team constantly looks at the recycling of levelling materials and reuses as much as possible. We advise on shrink-wrap requirements, suggesting ways to reduce the need and source recycling centres at arrival destinations. Removal of single-use plastics throughout an events supply chain is a goal we share with many customers.
In October 2019, we became a pilot partner of 11th Hour Racing’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool, MarineShift360, which was created to help the recreational and performance yachting world reduce its use of resources and cut waste, pollution and carbon emissions, driving a shift towards a circular economy. Our ambition is to use life cycle assessment to identify where real, measurable reductions can be made in fossil fuel consumption and packing materials. It’s an ongoing process and we hope to have news on the development of the tool during 2020.
Increasingly, customers are seeking greener logistics solutions and, where possible, we provide information on how to make their freight operations more sustainable.
Much of this relies on having the time to make greenhouse gas (GHG) reducing decisions. However, we are realists and know that often time is not in anyone’s favour, so solutions often have to be found at the last minute pushing freight onto the roads and into the air. In such cases, we will look into wider carbon offsetting programmes and actively seek a solution that upholds our collective environmental concerns. With logistics often the part of a programme’s budget where cost efficiencies are sought, we will work with you to find the best way forward, both environmentally and economically.
“GAC Pindar is known worldwide for their involvement in the sport of sailing with a deep understanding of yachts and equipment. They are the natural choice when it comes to shipping sailboats and provided us with the perfect solution to deliver Comanche to Europe”
GC32 Class Manager
“We are very happy to be able to count on GAC Pindar as the official shipping and logistics provider of the GC32 Racing Tour. They provide us and our participating teams with a solid, professional and reliable logistic service.”
CEO EKS team, FIA WRX
“GAC looked after EKS’ logistics requirements on the FIA WRX championship for 2 years. During this time, we found them to be helpful, knowledgeable, passionate and professional. From the works supercars to any small part, they regarded them with equal importance. We highly recommend them in the pressured world of motorsports logistics”.
Marketing Communications Fleet Manager at Spark44
“Working in partnership with GAC allowed us to deliver our cars into China safely and on time. Communication was excellent and allowed us to track every step of the journey. Thanks to the support of GAC and their local teams we overcame many challenges and a grateful to them for helping to make the Dragon Challenge the huge success it has been.”
Director of production, Realise Communication Sweden AB for Volvo Pavilion build, VOR 17-18
“We had great support from the team from GAC during the delivery of the Volvo Ocean Race. With a very tight schedule and limited space in the race-village to handle material, the containers and machinery need to be delivered exactly on time – GAC managed this challenge in an excellent way.”
Skipper – Concise 10, MOD70
“We have highlighted the vessel monitoring service to our insurance provider which has recognised it as a solid addition to our crisis management planning. Beyond this, the support and logistics services provided by GAC Pindar, especially while we are at sea, far surpass anything else on offer in the market today.”
Fédération Française de Voile
“GAC Pindar provided the French Sailing Team with competitive rates and the whole process went extremely smoothly: bringing together needs of other sailing federations and completing operations without any delays. I strongly advise others that they consider GAC Pindar.”
8th Dimension Performance Sailing
“I set high targets with our project to have eight Dragons sailing around Europe for charters, clinics and private events. For us, the fact that we could count on GAC Pindar’s experience and capacity to start moving our boats was a key element and allowed us to focus on the commercial and financial side of our start-up company. The process of delivering our boats from the UK to Portugal was very smooth and accurate, allowing us to start with our schedule with no issues. We are looking forward to continuing to work with GAC Pindar in the years to come and provide quality sailing to the lovers of our sport.”