As transport in all its forms accounts for about 22% of global CO2 emissions, the appliance industry puts great store on its efforts to minimise effects from the movement of goods relating to manufacture. Raw materials must, however, be brought to factories and completed appliances need to be moved to reach retailers and customers.
Consequently, transport logistics is another area which the industry has been focussing on to make sustainability changes. Manufacturers have, for example, been successful in reducing the amount of road transport, opting instead for rail and sea routes and with some reporting almost 90% of international freight going by sea. Others have deployed specialist programmes which optimise freight movements for space.
Manufacturers go much further than just looking at the transport of goods going in and out of the factory. They work with their supply chain suppliers to influence their transport choices, make changes to vehicles used on site to lessen CO2 emissions, supply hybrid vehicles to service engineers or support staff and encourage employees to use environmentally friendly ways to get to work by subsidising public transport costs of and supplying charging points for cars and bicycles.