Green Initiatives from Mahindra Logistics
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Mahindra Logistics Limited (MLL), one of India’s largest integrated 3PLs, has in the recent past expanded its footprint in supply chain management and people transport solutions considerably. MLL is fast spreading its presence in other industry verticals such as consumer durables, FMCG, high-tech and engineering goods.
“With this fast-paced expansion and growth across its business operations, a commitment to minimise the impact of our business activities on the environment is imperative,” said Pirojshaw Sarkari, CEO, Mahindra Logistics. “What we at MLL seek to achieve ultimately is an environment where our growth and success is always ‘inclusive’ and has a minimum impact on the environment,” he said.
MLL has undertaken several ‘Green Initiatives’ which will impact greenhouse gas emissions and improve the carbon efficiency of various core and supporting business activities. Some of the major initiatives are: Project Falcon (Freight And Logistics Control), CO2E (carbon dioxide equivalent), Network Optimisation, Cross-Dock, Route Optimisation, Fleet Optimisation and Reengineering of Vehicles.
What we at MLL seek to achieve ultimately is an environment where our growth and success is always ‘inclusive’ and has a minimum impact on the environment.
Pirojshaw Sarkari ceo, mahindra logistics
In 2012, MLL launched this programme focussing on improving operational control and on improving efficiency. One of the key areas addressed by this project is vehicle quality optimisation. Improving asset productivity through optimum utilisation of vehicle capacity is another area of focus. The first and most immediate benefit of these controls was a reduction in the unit consumption of fuel.
As part of measuring and reducing emissions, MLL established a CO2E baseline. The company currently measures and tracks the carbon footprint per transported person kilometre or per transported vehicle kilometre or per transported unit kilometre-across its supply chain management and people transport solutions operations.
MLL’s cross-dock operations, which enable the better utilisation of larger vehicles, has allowed the company to save in excess of 260,000 litres of fuel in a single year at just one cross-dock. “With cross-docks being operated or set up at four different locations across the country; the benefit, both operationally and environmentally, will be considerable,” said Sarkari. He also informed that MILES (Mahindra Integrated Logistics Execution System) is MLL’s integrated transport management solution, based on Oracle Transport Management System (OTM). MILES allows the company to plan the most optimum routes based on various internal and external factors.
Mahindra People Transport Solutions, a division of Mahindra Logistics, uses an integrated IT solution which spans route planning, optimisation, live vehicletracking and real-time variance tracking and reporting. “We also extensively modify the design of vehicles used in our transport operations, resulting in not just increased carrying capacity and optimised volumetric efficiency, but also a reduction in the unit consumption of fuel,” asserted Sarkari.
MLL’s briefing to the employees on ‘Going Green’