PODCAST: Why the path to net zero is taking so long

Many companies have committed to net zero emissions, but a say-do gap is slowing the process

October 22, 2022

Companies have been publicly committing to net-zero carbon emissions, but are these targets realistic given what’s been achieved so far in the logistics sector?

Chief among the main factors hindering progress is the “say-do gap” among companies, where their actual investment in ESG lags behind their public commitments to sustainability goals, says Gerry Mattios, Partner at management consulting firm Bain & Company and Director of Bain’s Global Sustainability Innovation Center.

“[Decarbonization] is a balance sheet exercise,” says Mattios. “Very few companies are willing to risk their balance sheets just to pursue decarbonization.”

Having a clear strategy on the decarbonization journey is therefore imperative, with the first step being laying out the company’s goals. “You need to be able to take that ambition and break it down to specific targets for your supply chain,” says Mattios.

But loopholes still exist such as the lack of governance in terms of tracking carbon emissions. So what are the possible solutions to these roadblocks and what else can companies do to expedite the decarbonization of logistics?

Listen to the first episode of The Future of Logistics podcast series, where Michael Ignatiadis, Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions, Asia Pacific, JLL, quizzes Mattios on the complexities of decarbonization in the context of the last mile, warehousing, and sustainability certification.

What can you do to reach your net-zero target earlier?

Gain insights from industry experts in The Future of Logistics podcast series today.

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