Earth Day was the Birth of the Modern Environmental Movement

April 22, 2020


Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is often a day we reflect on the fragility of earth and to demonstrate support for protection. Thanks to such efforts, The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were established.

Still, there’s much to be done.

Increases in global manufacturing and transportation have been big contributors to carbon emissions which has led to a number of changes within the transportation industry. For example, IMO 2020 was implemented on January 1 of this year. This UN-led initiative called for the ocean freight market to reduce sulphur emissions by over 80% by switching to lower sulphur fuels.

Trucks are also becoming cleaner. A number of government regulations have mandated such improvements including a 2010 ruling which tightened limits on nitrogen oxide emissions. In addition, we’re seeing the emergence of electric and autonomous vehicles. While still small in number, the growth of such vehicles is expected to grow in the coming years as technology advances and thus further reduce emissions.

Meanwhile, last mile delivery providers are introducing new modes of transportation for city deliveries – bicycles, electric scooters and even robots.

The Silver Lining of the Global Quarantine

But perhaps the biggest impact to the environment has been the Coronavirus pandemic. With many people ordered to stay home and schools, offices and factories closed or have limited activities, road traffic has declined and airlines have reduced scheduled flights by 60% to 95%.

According to the United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),  air quality levels in major cities around the world have dramatically improved in March and April. This is largely because of a reduction in factory and road traffic emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and related ozone formation, and particulate matter. However, as noted by UNCTAD, “it would be shortsighted to conclude this is a durable environmental improvement as emissions will most likely rise to previous levels when economic activity picks up as the crisis resolves.”

It is not just on Earth Day that we at SME embrace sustainability efforts within our office, at homes and how we conduct business. We urge our followers and partners to also get involved and to continue the efforts that were launched 50 years ago today.

For more on how you can get involved visit the Earth Day Network.


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Earth Day was the Birth of the Modern Environmental Movement

April 22, 2020


Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is often a day we reflect on the fragility of earth and to demonstrate support for protection. Thanks to such efforts, The Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were established.

Still, there’s much to be done.

Increases in global manufacturing and transportation have been big contributors to carbon emissions which has led to a number of changes within the transportation industry. For example, IMO 2020 was implemented on January 1 of this year. This UN-led initiative called for the ocean freight market to reduce sulphur emissions by over 80% by switching to lower sulphur fuels. Trucks are also becoming cleaner. A number of government regulations have mandated such improvements including a 2010 ruling which tightened limits on nitrogen oxide emissions. In addition, we’re seeing the emergence of electric and autonomous vehicles. While still small in number, the growth of such vehicles is expected to grow in the coming years as technology advances and thus further reduce emissions. Meanwhile, last mile delivery providers are introducing new modes of transportation for city deliveries – bicycles, electric scooters and even robots.

The Silver Lining of the Global Quarantine

But perhaps the biggest impact to the environment has been the Coronavirus pandemic. With many people ordered to stay home and schools, offices and factories closed or have limited activities, road traffic has declined and airlines have reduced scheduled flights by 60% to 95%. According to the United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),  air quality levels in major cities around the world have dramatically improved in March and April. This is largely because of a reduction in factory and road traffic emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and related ozone formation, and particulate matter. However, as noted by UNCTAD, “it would be shortsighted to conclude this is a durable environmental improvement as emissions will most likely rise to previous levels when economic activity picks up as the crisis resolves.” It is not just on Earth Day that we at SME embrace sustainability efforts within our office, at homes and how we conduct business. We urge our followers and partners to also get involved and to continue the efforts that were launched 50 years ago today. For more on how you can get involved visit the Earth Day Network.
ABOUT SPEND MANAGEMENT EXPERTS Spend Management Experts provides strategic guidance to optimize your supply chain. Using cost modeling technology and market intelligence, we help companies with their transportation, distribution and fulfillment spend. Often large shippers can reduce their spend across the supply chain by 20% or more. We specialize in reducing distribution costs, increasing efficiencies, dynamic reporting, greater budgeting and forecasting accuracy and optimizing supply chain execution. We leverage our proprietary models to identify savings and build negotiation strategies based on data and business cases. As industry experts, our fresh approach provides clients with straightforward details on exactly how savings are derived. Spend Management Experts is your competitive edge, delivered.

 

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