Greener logistics on the agenda at event tomorrow
Northamptonshire’s thriving logistics sector will convene at Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership’s (NEP) Costs & Carbon Saving seminar tomorrow to discuss how to develop greener, more sustainable logistics in the county.
With sustainability a key priority in the sector, the event will provide a forum for Northamptonshire’s leading logistics businesses to learn from each other, develop strategies and share best practice.
The event will focus on case studies from companies that have successfully used technologies such as kinetic ramps, dual fuel engines and electric vehicles to reduce the environmental impact of their activities.
To coincide with the event NEP has developed an online interactive map to showcase the 1,400 logistics and transport businesses that currently operate in Northamptonshire, employing over 27,000 people countywide. The map also highlights the infrastructure and accessibility of Northamptonshire which makes it the UK’s leading logistics hub, attracting significant presence in the county from companies such as Eddie Stobart, Knights of Old, Yusen Logistics and Norbert Dentressangle.
The Costs & Carbon Saving seminar has been developed by NEP as a direct result of requests from logistics businesses in the county to hear real-world experiences of implementing green technologies. Aiming to work together to reduce energy and achieve sustainability goals, members of one of NEP’s Industry Focus Groups wanted to understand the benefits and challenges of sustainability technologies from companies that have already implemented them.
Tim Bagshaw, (pictured above, right) Head of Investment at Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership said: “The interactive map we’ve created clearly demonstrates the strengths of Northamptonshire as a key location for logistics businesses. Events such as the Cost & Carbon Saving seminar exemplify the added benefits and business support services on offer to help the logistics industry invest and prosper in Northamptonshire.
“Developing a green and sustainable future for the logistics industry is vital to its on-going success. The proactive approach to sustainability demonstrated by the seminar reflects the innovative and collaborative nature of the sector in the county, and why Northamptonshire continues to offer one of the most attractive locations for logistics companies.”
To view the map visit www.northamptonshireep.co.uk/the-logistics-interactive-map/
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany