Environmentally Friendly Logistics
We seek product packaging and transportation that exert a low environmental load.
To fight global warming, it is absolutely vital to reduce CO2 emissions in shipping parts and products. Of all types of shipping, air freight has the greatest environmental impact. At Alpine, we have planned our global production schedules and management improvements, and as part of this, we are transitioning from air freight to concentrated shipping using cargo ships. In fiscal year 2017, we achieved a 41% reduction, in value terms on a global basis, over fiscal year 2013 in the amount we have transported via air. In addition, we have concentrated our warehouses, shortened shipping routes, made use of shared shipping, and improved load efficiency to improve the efficiency of domestic surface freight within individual countries, all of which has contributed to a reduction of energy consumption in shipping: within Japan, our fiscal year 2017 domestic truck shipping CO2 emissions dropped 51% compared to fiscal year 2013.
At Alpine, we have worked to improve the structure and quality of materials used in our packaging in order to improve shipping efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. By making the packaging more compact for a product intended for a car maker, we were able to increase the number of units per carton from twenty to thirty-two, dramatically increasing the efficiency of shipping them. Additionally, by making our shipping pallets reusable, we have dramatically reduced the amount of scrap wood produced by disposing of shipping pallets.