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.