Lean & Green logistics award goes global
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With effect from July 2016, companies can achieve a Lean & Green Award for sustainable logistics on a Europe-wide level.
A new version of the rapidly-expanding Lean & Green accreditation system for the logistics sector was announced at a Lean & Green Awards ceremony in Luxembourg on 27th of June 2016. Aimed at larger, international shippers and logistics providers, the new Lean & Green Europe programme sits alongside the highly successful national schemes currently in operation throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg.
Malik Zeniti, Manager at the Cluster for Logistics in Luxembourg – the company holding the annual Lean & Green Awards Event - said: "The Lean & Green Europe programme is aimed those large multinational freight shippers and their logistics partners operating across national and continental boundaries. It is a logical extension of the existing nationally-focused, Lean & Green programmes which are more suited to small and medium sized companies."
The new International programme is being supported by Lean & Green champions CHEP, AB Inbev, HP, Heineken and Unilever which have all expressed their strong support for the new programme which will foster environmental collaboration and data-sharing across national boundaries.
The 2016 Luxembourg Lean & Green Awards was also the setting for the announcement of a new of a new Lean & Green Aviation programme specifically designed to provide major airlines with a practical path towards greater sustainability. "Airlines present unique challenges when it comes to the serious reduction of emissions and this new programme represents a major step forward in gaining commitment and engagement from responsible aircraft operators by providing them with a systematic, targeted, independently-monitored means of achieving real improvements," said Zeniti.
"We are very pleased to have presented the first ever Lean & Green Aviation award to Luxembourg-based Cargolux who have committed to an ambitious plan of reducing their CO2 emissions by 11 percent over the next five years."
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