Environment & Sustainability

We’re committed to reducing the impact of our environmental footprint while continuing to deliver optimal logistics solutions for our customers.

The logistics sector moves and transports goods that are crucial to the growth and prosperity of society and its communities. As a regional leader in this sector we’re determined to play our part responsibly, meeting the current needs of our communities without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 

We see environmental sustainability as a core corporate responsibility, and we’re tackling it directly across our operations.

Becoming cleaner and greener

A greater understanding and improvements in technology provide us with opportunities to improve the way we operate and minimise our environmental impacts in a smarter and more measured way.

In the short term, this means we’re becoming cleaner and greener.

One way in which we’re achieving this is by applying new technologies and practices to reduce our consumption of non-renewable resources such as diesel, gas and electricity and reduce their associated greenhouse gas emissions. In the longer term we’ll move to renewable energy sources as they become viable.

We’re also keenly aware that Toll is a key component of our customers’ and suppliers’ supply chains. Our growing scale and global focus, combined with our ability to deliver integrated modal solutions, mean that we have a significant role to play working with our stakeholders to develop smarter, more sustainable solutions to reduce their carbon footprints and other key environmental impacts.

Moving to sustainable logistics and transport systems is a journey for all of us.

Towards a greener future

Our Smarter Green program. Smarter Green responds to the key impacts our operations have on the environment, including the impact of climate change on our business and energy use.  

Under Smarter Green we’re setting targets to reduce our greenhouse gas intensities and developing comprehensive suites of initiatives for our diverse operations to improve environmental performance. We’re putting in place key performance indicators to give us confidence that we’re progressing to achieving our goals, and we’re sharing the story of our journey to sustainable logistics and transport with our stakeholders.

Smarter Green encompasses Toll’s journey toward addressing the key environmental risks and opportunities that face us. 

Smarter Green initiatives

The initiatives that are being rolled out under Smarter Green fall in to six different categories:

Our experience shows that driver behaviour can substantially affect vehicle fuel economy and emissions. By training our drivers to better anticipate the driving task, keep within ideal engine rev ranges and minimise vehicle idling behaviour, braking and gear changes, we estimate that fuel efficiency and associated emission can be improved by up to 10%

Reliance on fossil fuels such as diesel and the long term supply and demand picture for a finite resource, combined with our goal to reduce our carbon intensity, has driven Toll to develop an alternative energy program. As part of our longer term energy mix for our road, sea, air and facility based operations we’re actively researching and trialling a range of options including:

  • biodiesel
  • compressed and liquefied natural gas
  • LPG
  • ethanol
  • hydrogen
  • synthetic diesels
  • electric
  • solar

Toll has identified a number of new and evolving technologies that can drive improved fuel efficiency into our fleets and, at the same time, reduce emissions. These include:

  • improved engine efficiency management systems
  • vehicle aerodynamics
  • the use of low friction tyres
  • smarter maintenance regimes
  • the use of lightweight materials
  • idle off devices
  • auxiliary power units
  • improved refrigeration in our road fleets

Similar opportunities are being investigated in our shipping and air fleets.

Significant scope exists to improve our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through smarter logistics planning. This is possible through:

  • optimal sourcing to minimise the impact of GHG emissions
  • managing supply chain lead times to enable modal switches
  • packaging initiatives to reduce weight and volume
  • allowing for backloading and efficient and timely product returns
  • delivery optimisation to maximise load configuration and route planning including:
  • improving vehicle capacity and utilisation
  • network and route optimisation to reduce kilometres travelled
  • night-time freight movements to reduce congestion
  • working with our customers to streamline their supply chains

To help us drive down emissions and energy use in our facilities we’re developing Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) for our new and retrofitted facilities. Our ESD templates consider:

  • building design with regard to environmental conditions (natural light, building orientation, building materials)
  • smart lighting and heating and energy management systems (mechanical and lighting)
  • natural gas co-generation plants and alternative supplementary power sources (solar and wind power)
  • water harvesting along with an environmentally sustainable building fit out and furniture materials