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The Future Of Green Logistics In India

Countering the impact of traditional logistics practices, Green logistics attempts to measure and minimize the ecological impacts of logistics activities. It encompasses a wide variety of sub- sectors viz. warehousing, transportations, packaging, distribution and disposal

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Initially, the term ‘Green’ was just a catchword for organizations and individuals to highlight their methodologies to protect the environment. The tide slowly turned to pave the way for the ‘Go green’ initiative, which became a global phenomenon when people started associating it with every business; logistics being no exception. 

A proven source of carbon emissions, conventional transport vehicles constitute to nearly 30 per cent of particulate pollution in metro cities. Having a negative impact on the local air quality, transportation of goods also generates noise pollution, leads to accidents and, in totality, makes a high-magnitude input to global warming. Being a major contributor to environment degradation, it became essential for logistics units to follow sustainable practices for their business. 

Adhering to these situations, an increased concern for the ecosystem has been observed among the public and government entities. This increased consideration towards nature has also led to an excessive amount of pressure on Indian business firms to decrease the environmental impact of their logistics operation.

Countering the impact of traditional logistics practices, Green logistics attempts to measure and minimize the ecological impacts of logistics activities. It encompasses a wide variety of sub- sectors viz. warehousing, transportations, packaging, distribution and disposal. 

Catering to these benefits, there are firms in India focusing on transportation through environment friendly and sustainable logistics solutions with their green and emission free vehicles thereby contributing towards cleaner environment. Gaining a steady pace, following the path of green mobility services is becoming a common practice amongst various firms in the country.

Corporates and individuals are shifting towards using green and environment friendly logistics services with sustainable development goals. However government’s intervention by laying down regulations and enforcing them is still vital. Corporates also need to support such green initiatives and other firms following suit, not just for their own carbon foot print but caring about the environment while they economize on their logistics costs over all. 

As adoption requires capital and it can only come when companies do realize that this over all impacts their carbon foot print care to environment and customers while sincerely incentivizing initiatives so they can grow and plough back earnings into more research and product development. Electric vehicle owners can use solar or renewable sources and can be given incentives from the government to sell energy back to the grid at peak times.

Though now large corporates are extensively partnering to push for sustainable business practices with twin-fold objective of cutting down costs and contributing their share to the Environment, going green has still not become an advantage for Indian logistics industry due to consumer indifference. In other words, not all the logistics firms have realized the compatibility of green logistics with their mainstream services. 

But with the constantly changing scenarios, the time is not far when both consumers and entrepreneurs will become accustomed to green logistics practices and will implement them in full swing which will further lead to the booming of Indian logistics sector while maintaining the originality of our environment.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise noted, the author is writing in his/her personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.


Vineet Mehra

The author is Managing Director, DOT, a Green Mobility Solution Provider.

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