Greener Supply Chains

As a freight forwarder, over 95% of our total carbon footprint is generated by shipments on airplanes, ships, trains or trucks that Agility does not own or operate. Collaboration is key, so we work with shippers, carriers and other supply chain partners to drive a transition to low carbon supply chains.

Our Carbon Emissions

How much carbon does it take to ship*…

Shipments we coordinated in 2017 account for 6.6 million tons of carbon emissions.

Agility's Green Supply Chain Solutions

Challenge us! From one warehouse to a global network, we put our expertise to work to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals. Agility offers bespoke solutions that measurably reduce costs, kilometers, carbon and waste.

Featured Projects

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Supply Chain Optimization

Working with one retail customer, Agility was able to measurably reduce the quantity of TEUs shipped from China to the West Coast of the United States.
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Network Rationalization

One of our chemical customers in Europe challenged us to help organize their distribution network spanning 16 warehouses, packing and filling operations across one country.
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Air Freight Densification

A global telecommunications customer challenged Agility to reduce the cargo weight, transport cost and emissions of its air shipments originating in 3 different countries.
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Waste Reduction

One of our retail customers wanted to decrease supply chain waste in order to mitigate consumer pressure and prepare for impending regulations.

Enabling More Sustainable Supply Chain Decisions

BETTER DATA

For our customers, Agility offers free monthly emissions reports. To ensure our customers can have confidence in our data, we worked with the experts at Carbon Trust to improve and verify our web-based carbon footprint measurement tool against the ISO 14064 standard for emissions measurement.

The Carbon Trust is a for-mission company that helps governments, organisations and companies reduce their carbon emissions and become more resource efficient in order to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT

Only through collaboration can we influence change at the industry level, share knowledge and help share the future of low carbon shipping. Agility participates in the Clean Cargo Working Group, a cross-industry platform, which is the leading buyer-supplier forum for sustainability in the cargo shipping industry, representing 85% of global container cargo capacity. Working with shippers, ocean carriers, and other freight forwarders in a non-competitive context, Agility has contributed to a standard methodology to measure emissions from ocean freight, which will help shippers to evaluate environmental performance across shippers and make better choices.

NURTURING STARTUPS DRIVING THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS

Through Agility Ventures, Agility’s corporate venture arm, we partner with start-ups championing technologies that can help build faster, more secure, and more sustainable supply chains. In particular, Agility actively seeks to support start-ups that pioneer the sustainable supply chains of the future with new business models and green technology.

Agility has invested in CargoX, a platform to revolutionize how road freight is booked in complex markets like Brazil. CargoX works to connect businesses that need to ship freight with truckers who have excess capacity. Brazil reportedly has an excess of between 300,000 and 350,000 vehicles, with trucks running empty 40 percent of the time. Reducing the number of empty trucks on the highway increases revenue for truckers, reduces costs for freight owners, and reduces the carbon footprint of transport.

In 2016, Agility was the distribution partner for Hyliion, a hybrid technology for the trucking industry that reduces fuel consumption and corresponding emissions by a staggering 30 percent. The Hyliion technology recycles kinetic energy from braking that would otherwise be wasted. A 30-minute retrofit is all that’s needed for a trailer to begin to use this technology.

Agility has invested in TVP Solar and has a business and team members dedicated to the commercialization of TVP Solar thermal energy solutions throughout the Middle East market. High-vacuum solar thermal systems are ideal for the intense Gulf heat and one particular type of high-vacuum technology is capable of operating autonomously with minimal output losses even after severe sandstorms. In fact, air conditioning for Agility’s corporate headquarters in Kuwait is provided by a solar-driven cooling system that ran automatically and unattended for over 365 days with 98 percent reliability.

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Agility has invested in CargoX, a platform to revolutionize how road freight is booked in complex markets like Brazil. CargoX works to connect businesses that need to ship freight with truckers who have excess capacity. Brazil reportedly has an excess of between 300,000 and 350,000 vehicles, with trucks running empty 40 percent of the time. Reducing the number of empty trucks on the highway increases revenue for truckers, reduces costs for freight owners, and reduces the carbon footprint of transport.

Hyliion - Agility

In 2016, Agility was the distribution partner for Hyliion, a hybrid technology for the trucking industry that reduces fuel consumption and corresponding emissions by a staggering 30 percent by recycling otherwise wasted kinetic energy from breaking. A 30-minute retrofit is all that’s needed for a trailer to begin to use this technology.

TVP solar - Agility

Agility has invested in TVP Solar and has a business and team members dedicated to the commercialization of TVP Solar thermal energy solutions throughout the Middle East market. High-vacuum solar thermal systems are ideal for the intense Gulf heat and one particular type of high-vacuum technology is capable of operating autonomously with minimal output losses even after severe sandstorms. In fact, air conditioning for Agility’s corporate headquarters in Kuwait is provided by a solar-driven cooling system that ran automatically and unattended for over 365 days with 98 percent reliability.

More from Environment

Greener Operations

Our direct carbon footprint comes from the electricity we use to power our warehouses and the fuel we use to drive our trucks. We do our best to minimize our impact and drive innovation for improved environmental performance.

*Estimated carbon footprints for common items were calculated using the following method: (1) For air, ocean and road freight, chose routes that are common for Agility; (2) calculate emissions per tonne/km for that route according to the adjusted port-to-port distance; (3) use MIT’s Observatory of Economic Complexity to determine common goods that travel along these routes in those modes (4) Conduct internet research to determine the average weight in kilograms of these common items: 1 packaged smartphone = .385 kg; 6 bananas weight 1 kg; the average washing machine weights between 150 – 200 pounds, which is about 79 kg (175 lb); (5) Calculate total carbon footprint by mode: (Kg CO2e/tonne/km x Weight (kg) of item).

**Outsourced Emissions from shipments coordinated by Agility’s core logistics business, GIL. For data from other years, please view our latest Sustainability Report.