Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jaguar Land Rover cuts supply chain emissions

Inbound and outbound logistics targeted in efficiency drive.. See greenbusiness.com column. Excellence resource!!

Jaguar Land Rover is probably not the first company that springs to mind when one is asked to think of green businesses.

The firm's two main brands are better known for their size and luxury than their green credentials. But internally the firm has a target to reduce CO2 emissions by a quarter over the next five years.

Jaguar Land Rover has removed more than 13,000 tonnes of emissions from its supply and delivery chain's annual carbon footprint through efficency measures over the past five years – a reduction of about 6.5 per cent.

The firm's supply and delivery chain is a huge operation, clocking up some four million road miles a year, on top of a million nautical miles and 54,000 rail miles, all to deliver some 250,000 vehicles annually.

The first step in cutting down waste was gaining control of the inbound supply chain, according to David Dyke, director of material planning and logistics at Jaguar Land Rover.

"All of our 380 suppliers used to bring in materials individually in their own lorries and deliver to our decks," he said. "In 2003 we launched an integrated EU supply chain, where we go to them rather than them coming to us."

This allowed the firm to plan its vehicle use and reduce road miles by 52 per cent, winning a Department for Transport best practice award in the process.

More recently, an initiative to work with Ford and prevent the movement of empty pallets by sharing operations saved more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and the decommissioning of an offsite distribution centre saved 600 more. Follow this link for more best pratices.. http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/analysis/2249154/jaguar-land-rover-cuts-supply

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