To Drive Down CO2 Emissions, Focus on Freight

Did you know that, as the energy demand for passenger vehicles declines steadily over the next 25 years, the fuel demand for commercial transportation is predicted to increase 40 percent over current levels?

That’s a difference of well over 10 million oil-equivalent barrels per day.

Most of that demand will come from heavy-duty trucks, which account for 57 percent of all logistics-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and 16 percent of total corporate GHGs.

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As a society, our appetite for goods of all kinds—food, electronics, apparel, housewares – is growing. As the population grows, demand grows, and so does the number of trucks on the road.

But the predicted rise in CO2 emissions from Class-8 trucks is just that.  A prediction.  One that assumes the logistics community will not take aggressive action to adopt more sustainable freight management practices.

The fact is progress can be made, and is being made.  Companies are recognizing the enormous potential of greener freight strategies to reduce GHGs and, at the same time, drive down costs.  And it’s this marriage of business and environmental benefits that’s driving even the most bottom-line oriented companies to think green when it comes to shipping their products to market.

What are these companies doing to become greener, AND more profitable?  Many of these success stories are documented in EDF’s Green Freight HandbookDownload the Handbook for a practical guide to the strategies companies are using to cinch their GHG waistline, and their freight budget. The handbook includes some practical tools for assessing strategies and calculating freight emissions, as well as advice from some of the world’s top green freight practitioners.

Compelling scientific assessments of climate change make it clear that society must dramatically cut greenhouse gases.  Logistics and transportation professionals can play a critical role in addressing this global imperative and reducing freight’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions.

Has your company’s logistics operation made greener freight practices and CO2 emissions reduction a priority? If not, there’s a good chance your competitors have, and are reaping the financial benefits as a result.

Go ahead, make a resolution.  Start your green freight journey today.

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