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The journey towards net zero warehouses

According to Wouter Satijn of loading solution company Joloda Hydraroll, there are three key elements on the journey towards net-zero carbon emissions in the warehouse.

Wouter Satijn says that:

“The question is: how can businesses embrace more environmentally friendly warehouse facilities and equipment, and ensure they unlock maximum value? ”

To start answering this question he recommends focussing on three areas, waste management, carbon emissions and automation.

1. Waste management

Research by Joloda Hyrdraroll found that waste reduction is a large issue for material handling and logistics companies. Waste packaging is a priority for many companies.

Specialist companies offer solutions, helping businesses recycle waste materials, reducing the amount of single use plastic packaging and preventing waste from being dumped in landfills.

2. Carbon emission reduction

Joloda Hydrafoll state that only 37% of businesses have a plan to reduce carbon emissions and just 40% are looking for renewable energy solutions. This issue needs to be addressed.

3. Automation

Warehouses rely on human workers with aisle picking trolleys and other manual handling equipment to process orders. Automating tasks by replacing humans with robots is expensive and beyond the budget of many businesses. Wouter Satijn suggests focusing on loading and unloading operations. HGV vehicles can wait a long time to load or unload goods, often with engines running. Forklifts are used to load vehicles. Automated loading systems reduce CO2 emissions by allocating time slots for HGV so that they are not kept waiting and reducing forklift journeys.

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