The Route to Low Emissions for Freight

The freight transport required to send our goods all over the world accounts for about 7 percent of global carbon emissions, making it a significant contributor to climate change and an important potential climate leadership opportunity. Unfortunately, there are many barriers to achieving climate leadership for the transport sector, from the slow turnover of inventory and infrastructure to the high capital costs and uncertainty characterizing many potential low-carbon solutions.

There is good news, however: Many levers already exist to improve performance, including greater route and vehicle efficiency, modal shifts (using different transport modes over a single route), and the scaling of low-carbon fuels. What’s more is, many of these levers have a proven positive return on investment—particularly energy efficiency measures—and efficient, low-carbon transport systems also have significant co-benefits.