Sustainable Logistics: A Key Step Towards Net Zero Targets

As we face the urgent need to address climate change, the transportation sector has a crucial role to play. Known for contributing heavily to the world’s emissions, it is clear that logistics needs to change fast to meet the Net Zero goals we’ve set globally. The move from traditional fuels to cleaner options like electric vehicles (EVs), natural gas, and hydrogen is filled with challenges. Shifting to EVs and hydrogen fuel cells is promising but comes with high costs and a need for new infrastructure. These hurdles are significant, especially in parts of the world where the economy and logistics systems aren’t ready for such a big change. Here’s where a balanced approach comes in. Hybrid technologies, which mix cleaner fuels like hydrogen with diesel or petrol, offer a more practical solution. They bring the benefits of cleaner energy to our current systems without the need for a complete overhaul. For instance, a technique that brings hydrogen into diesel or petrol engines can cut fuel use and emissions by a large amount – research has shown up to a 50% decrease. This innovative hybrid approach, which I’ve been a part of developing, aims to make the path to Net Zero faster and more affordable. It allows the transportation sector, from vehicle manufacturers to shipping companies, to start making changes right away. Immediate benefits include saving on fuel and reducing harmful emissions, which is crucial given that every litre of diesel burned releases about 2.68 kilograms of carbon dioxide. The great thing about hybrid solutions is their flexibility. They are not just for trucks on the highway but also for heavy-duty operations in industries like shipping and mining, where electric options aren’t feasible yet. These areas, too, can see significant gains from hybrids, cutting down on carbon emissions and fuel needs without the huge costs of switching to full electric systems. Such a technology that makes Hydrogen-Diesel as hybrid fuel will have a retrofit physical system, that generates hydrogen on the vehicle using the vehicle’s energy in a controlled and safe way. Producing such a hydrogen only uses water and electrical energy from the vehicle. Having no hydrogen storage makes such a retrofit very safe and practical for the mass logistics industry. As countries like India work to improve their environmental policies, technologies that can link our current situation with our future goals are essential. Hybrid systems are a strong first step, offering an effective way to respond now while keeping our eyes on the future. Reaching Net Zero isn’t only about picking up new technologies; it’s about making wise changes step by step. In logistics and transportation, this means starting with technologies that can fit into what we already have in place and pave the way for the full adoption of renewable energy when it’s practical and affordable. Everyone involved in this industry, from the big companies that make vehicles to those that run large fleets, has an important part to play. Choosing to start with hybrids can be a smart move and commitment to a sustainable future that puts us on the right track to meeting our global Net Zero targets immediately.