One more on the Future Planet towards carbon-free logistics

To demonstrate the strength of electric vehicles, Qantas and Tesla conducted a world first, where the all-electric car successfully towed the Dreamliner as part of a Guinness World Record attempt, as the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.

DHL Supply Chain has joined in a partnership with Qantas through its Future Planet program to make its supply chain carbon neutral, for and together with its customers and business partners.
DHL invited its Australian customers to contribute to the cause based on their emissions, on World Environment Day last week, ensuring all warehousing and DHL road transport operations are carbon neutral well into 2019.
CEO of DHL Supply Chain Australia & New Zealand Saul Resnick said: “We are dedicated to our environment conservation responsibilities and take them very seriously. We intend to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. This is a step to help offset for the short term; our long-term goals will continue to focus on reducing the emissions altogether. We are very proud to share the same principles with our customers and appreciate their dedicated support towards the cause and the program.”

Qantas’ Future Planet program has already offset over three million tonnes of carbon emissions over the past ten years, with the help of participating organisations that contribute towards verified carbon offset projects that collectively help nourish communities while mitigating environmental impact. DHL’s warehousing and road transport will, along with its customers, join the initiative and continue to contribute to the Australia-wide cause.
Goodman Group is a partner of DHL, sharing the common goal and sentiment of offsetting its carbon footprint and giving back to the community and is excited to support this initiative. General manager of the Goodman Group Australia Jason Little said: “We feel great about being able to do our part in cleaning the climate and creating a sustainable future for Australia. Qantas’ Future Planet program aligns very closely with our organisational values and we are very excited to be a part of this cause.”
DHL’s continued efforts towards cutting its carbon footprint has achieved significant carbon efficiency goals in the recent years. These efforts include solar panel installations, use of natural light, solar reflective paint, and heating and energy-saving lighting amongst other initiatives, to reduce CO2 emissions in warehousing.
“Through our GoGreen initiatives, DHL is working towards reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050. To support this mission, we have set an interim goal to increase our carbon efficiency by 50 per cent compared to 2007 levels by 2025,” Saul added.
 
 

Apple software engineer joins Tesla autonomous driving project

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors has hired software engineer Chris Lattner to oversee its Autopilot self-driving program.
Autopilot is a hardware and software system already in use in Tesla vehicles. It allows self-driving in some situations, though drivers must keep their hands on the steering wheel.
In mid-2016, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the company’s intention to look further into autonomous truck technology. In November, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made headlines when he stated his vision of the future of the road transport industry and the role of the truck driver – he predicts that fleets of the future will be autonomous and controlled remotely by fleet managers.
Although Musk conceded that self-driving technology will not become ubiquitous until years after the technology achieves full competence, with the acquisition of Lattner, previously one of Apple’s key software engineers, the company is one step closer to that all-important competence. Until now, the Autopilot system has been guided by Jinnah Hosein, Software Chief of aerospace transport manufacturer SpaceX, but it lacked a full-time leader.
 

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