Supply chains must adapt or suffer: ALC

By: Jason Whittaker


The Australian Logsitics Council (ALC) says supply chains will need to make structural and technological transformations to adapt to rising

The Australian Logsitics Council (ALC) says supply chains will need to make structural and technological transformations to adapt to rising fuel prices and climate change.

Commenting on the CSIRO’s report into transport fuels and emissions, ALC Chief Executive Hal Morris says supply chains will be seriously affected, meaning they must start developing ways to continue to thrive.

The ALC says it is working with the transport and logistics industry to prepare it for the impact a greener economy will have on business operations.

"It is vital that industry understand what the wave of change, as a result of the availability of fuel, increasing price and the move to a lower emission economy, will mean for their business, customers and the end consumer," Morris says.

The ALC is hosting an energy and environment summit in Melbourne on July 23, with Morris saying the CSIRO’s The future of transport fuels: challenges and opportunities will be analysed.

According to the report, an emissions trading scheme will not radically reduce the contribution of transport to greenhouse gas emissions but there will be a steady shift towards low emissions fuels.

But while supporting the inclusion of fuel in emissions trading, the ALC wants the Federal Government to work with the industry to encourage more environmentally efficient outcomes.

Morris says as the industry is responsible for delivering everyday goods, it is essential the Government consider the impact higher costs will have on transport.

"At the end of the day our milk and bread still need to get to our shops and our exports to the ports," Morris says.

Fuel underpins the transport supply chains that underpin our economy. We cannot understate the importance to the future of this issue."

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