Did you know that the transport industry is one of the world’s leading sources of environmental pollution? For example, in the United States, transport accounts for as much as 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, when we talk about the sustainability of transport, we usually think about passenger transport or using public transport, and the transport of goods or materials gets left in the background. In this article, we talk about how to organize road construction material transportation sustainably and could win from it.
In almost every sector, many different parties can implement sustainable principles from national or international regulations and standards to end-user expectations. However, the most important force is the innovative companies that see sustainable and modern practices also as a significant competitive advantage. Unlike the forced requirements, the rest of the companies then learn from these industry leaders completely voluntarily.
Road construction material transportation is a challenge in itself
In the case of the transport sector, fuel consumption and emissions have the clearest effects, in addition to noise, road safety, vibration, etc. At the same time, the transport of materials for road construction is one of the most complex logistics processes, which can be made more optimal and economical.
- The location of each construction site is new, temporary and changes over time – and requires a new logistics plan each time.
- Many materials are transported to construction sites, but irregularly, because the need for materials depends on the construction phase.
- There is a certain order in the activities, and if one activity is delayed, all the following will be delayed. Therefore, it’s especially important that all materials arrive at the site in time, quantity and order.
- The construction sector is fragmented, which means that many different companies, subcontractors, suppliers, etc. deal with one object. They all have different working practices, data management methods, etc., which makes coordination difficult.
This results in a large number of shipments and inefficient use of trucks. Due to the lack of planning of supply chains and the exchange of information, too many trucks are sent to the site, but the transport of materials may still not arrive on time, which causes overall delays throughout the project.
Thus, the main way to save resources in road material transportation is the optimal timing of loads and the choice of route to the site. This helps save nature, fuel, money and time for all parties.
The solution for sustainable road construction logistics is unexpectedly simple
But how to organize this in the easiest and fastest way? It sounds like you need a big investment or a tailor-made software solution.
The answer may be unexpectedly simple: e-waybills. Waybiller’s e-waybill is a smart solution that hits two birds with one stone in road construction material transportation. Firstly, it makes shipment administration paperless, secondly, it allows the cargo to be tracked in real-time, records the route and the data can be accurately analyzed later. Both creating the waybill and tracking the shipment are done simply via the driver’s smart device.
Waybiller is an alternative solution in road construction to reduce the fuel consumption of medium and heavy trucks. All parties see shipment information in real-time to help plan routes more efficiently in terms of both distance and traffic congestion. It also helps to schedule shipments’ arrival more accurately. Data on completed shipments can be easily analyzed to further improve the processes.
Many Estonian probably remember the recent incident on the Harku ski trails when a heavy truck got lost and managed to mess up 1.7 kilometres of trails before getting completely stuck. In road construction, small village roads can be as difficult to navigate as Tallinn is for a foreigner. Waybiller helps quickly detect when a truck has lost the road and notify the driver right away.
All in all, it saves time and fuel for all parties – both at the wheel and on the construction site.