The present changes in the logistics market are caused not only by the previous slumps in the economy, but also by the new green principles the world is embracing. Climate protection is one of the most pressing global challenges we are facing today. This is caused by the enormous increase over the past few years in the emission of greenhouse gases, and carbon dioxide (CO₂) in particular.
In recent history good supply chain network design was seen as a very efficient cost-cutting tool. These days the supply chain is used to promote the green image of companies. Changing your supply chain is of course a very effective way of reducing emissions without changing your production infrastructure.
Many companies are starting to invest in sustainable networks. The green way of thinking has been widely adopted, and with the advent of Chief Sustainability Officers it has even managed to penetrate as far as the Board Room. This means that the supply chain of these businesses will change in the near future to become greener than ever before. The whole market is trying to keep the customers satisfied, even though the customers haven’t a clue where they would like their green ideas to take them.
This creates a new problem, which is how to reevaluate your supply chain in these new times!?
The market has already shown that green initiatives are more profitable. Is the market also ready for green supply chains in which incentives can be part of a logistics contract, for example Global contracts allowing flexible use of the inventory locations and customs solutions? Such new contracts will only be possible if the governments around the globe are willing to be more flexible with regards to sharing tax incomes generated by these contracts.
Governments will not be easily convinced to adapt their strict tax regulations to the greener terms demanded by today’s world. In the end it will be us “the people” alone who have the power to change things. We currently have the voting power to demand such new regulations, and this means that we need a new tax model for the years to come.