Pros and Cons of Environmental Impact of Auto Shipping

By Tom Kearns

Everyone in the modern world is discussing the environment and expressing their concerns with words such as sustainability, greening, recycling, means of ecological protection and the replacement of fossil fuels with biomass-type energy. These words are pretty much inventions of the mid 20th to 21st centuries.

Along with the horror stories of global warming, the auto shipping industry is facing serious scrutiny as an environmental hazard. It remains, though, that auto shipping is a valuable service, much in demand and is not going away soon. The industry does bear responsibility for its environmental impact and is taking a hard look at two of the major problems besetting it, those of ground waste and ecological destruction. Let's take a look at a few of the ways the industry can alleviate some of its environmental dilemmas.

The major detrimental environmental impacts are those of ground waste and ecological destruction. The automobile industry is certainly guilty of this also, yet no one is trading in their car for walking shoes. Our autos and our penchant for relocating our bases of operation are two things that are too convenient, too productive and too intertwined with our society to give up. Automobile manufacturing is also labor and material intensive, distracting environmental concerns from other hazards that may be just as critical.

It is a fact that the negative environmental impact of both the car manufacturing and auto shipping sectors of industry is no trivial concern. We as residents of this planet on the other hand cannot seem to forgo them for any viable alternative. Perhaps the key to finding the solution to their polluting ways is to find a balance between green business practices and environmentalists demands thereby making a greener planet for all of us. As a matter of fact, some of the major players in the auto shipping world have discovered innovative technologies to produce greener containers, robust computerized scheduling systems and advanced inventory management techniques to lessen the depletion of the fragile ecosystems in which they operate.

Of course the auto industry, not to be outdone, has introduced eco-friendly hybrid and electric cars that began with the current market's Toyota Prius and is now gaining strength with most of the car manufacturers, domestic and overseas. As this trend continues, it is sure to decrease the costs of production of these vehicles and therefore the cost to consumers. This is a terrific breakthrough for the use of non-fossil fuels. Some of this technology can undoubtedly be transposed into the auto shipping industry as well as many other fuel consuming industries.

There are many pressures placed on the environment by us humans who will not deny ourselves some of the delights and essentials in our lives that are more destructive to the earth than we would like them to be. An example of this dichotomy is our beloved automobiles and the auto carriers who get them to their new location far, far away.

With a clean environment being a common goal, perhaps working together as humankind along with businesses and environmental engineers we can devise some livable and inventive solutions that can not only stop the destruction but reverse it. We owe it to ourselves, future generations and our glorious planet.

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