TNT announced last year that it will invest in electric vehicles for its urban fleets as part of its environment plans for the business. Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT, went much further yesterday in a BBC TV interview suggesting that globalisation wasn’t good for climate change and that the answer was to encourage the return of more local business, rather than shipping everything in from China.
According is this article, Rising fuel prices are having an impact right across the spectrum of transport activity. Companies ranging from road freight operators to airlines are being driven out of business in all major markets throughout the world.
Bakker claims that the emissions from its two planes flying constantly between Europe and China are equivalent to all TNT’s European truck fleet emissions. He sees this as wrong and wonders why TNT couldn’t do more local journeys if local business was to thrive again. The price of oil would appear to be driving this green perspective. However TNT topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the first time ever last year, influenced largely, it is claimed by its UK office.