Why Freight Exchange Services In Malaysia Will Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
With freight transportation being a major contributor to Malaysia's Green House Gas emissions it is only right that it should face the focus of scrutiny into its inefficient working practices.
In 2011 Malaysia's Co2 emissions from the transport sector alone amounted to a whopping 43 million metric tons (according to data from the World Bank).
With land transport making up an estimated 18% of the above stated figure it has been projected to remain at this level up to the year 2020 despite the rising trend in diesel consumption in Malaysia.
Putting Goods Into Empty Trucks Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
According to a survey carried out by Transport4U Freight Exchange 77% of commercial transport vehicles travel empty every day on their return journey back to base after delivering their load.
This survey was carried out using a benchmark minimum delivery journey of 100km.
These figures do not compare well to what is happening in Europe where the European Environment Agency estimates that 25% of vehicles travel empty while 50% travel below their full load capacity. This means there is a lot of room for improvement in this sector.
This worldwide transport phenomenon is caused mainly by trucks or vans returning to their base empty after delivering their freight or cargo.
Innovation within this sector has been historically slow in Malaysia but with the introduction of the first Malaysian online freight exchange for domestic transportation there is now a solution to provide improved logistical efficiencies.
Here members can advertise their empty backloads so return journeys can be matched up with delivery loads going to the same destination. For example, rather than returning to their home base empty, a vehicle travelling from Johor back to Kuala Lumpur can advertise itself and pick up a new load anywhere along its return journey to KL.
"If the transport and logistics sector is serious about reducing the number of empty trucks and vehicles driving around Malaysia it has to innovate and utilise an online central marketplace whereby hauliers can consistently exchange transportation information. The benefits are phenomenal with reduced carbon emissions, exceptional cost savings and reduced traffic jams to name but a few," said Juli Binti Mohamad the managing director of Transport4U Freight Exchange.
Not only do freight exchange services provide additional cost savings they also give the ability to not say no to any transportation job. If for example the whole fleet is used during one week the transport company can simply advertise any new load on a freight exchange and another member can do the delivery.
A star rating system on all transport jobs completed will give an indication of all good and reliable hauliers. This broadens the opportunities for transport companies and gives them confidence in their fellow members.
"We estimate that over 2 million kilometres are driven by empty trucks and vans in Malaysia every day, all is needed is a trusted independent platform for logistic providers to exchange work. Margins are low in this industry and logistics managers should give priority to reducing the number of vehicles running empty," added Juli Binti Mohamad.
With Malaysia commited to reducing its carbon footprint by 40% by 2020, there are many ways the transport industry should be looking to reduce their Co2 emissions:
- Upgrading fleets with the most fuel efficient engines
- Drivers should be trained on how to maximise the fuel consumption of their vehicle
- Smooth braking will reduce fuel consumption
- Correct gear selection keeping the lowest possible revs saves fuel
- Fit a speed restriction device to stop speeding vehicles
- Ensure tyres are correctly inflated
- Smart satellite navigation systems to reduce mileage and avoid jams
- Maximise vehicle capacity
- Running the fleet at night when there is less traffic on the roads
- Back Loading, using freight exchanges to reduce empty journeys
During the run up to 2020 the early adoption of ultra low carbon technology in the transport sector will also alleviate GHG emissions in the transport sector.
- In 2012 there were 40,742 new goods vehicles registered in Malaysia
- In 2012 there were 1,032.004 goods vehicles registered in Malaysia
- In 2012 there were 16,570,294 active vehicles on the roads of Malaysia
- There are 63,445 km of high quality roads in Malaysia
Quick Facts Source: Malaysia Ministry Of Transport Statistics 2012