Green freight

Green freight

Domestic and international freight activity will quadruple by 2050 if trends persist. Heavy-duty vehicles account for a disproportionate share of oil consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution, and thus represent an important target for emissions control through the adoption of fuel-efficiency and emissions-control technologies. But decarbonizing freight is more challenging than other sectors of the economy, and technology alone will not be sufficient to achieve the goal. A systems approach will be needed—one that includes advanced vehicle technologies and measures to shift freight to the most sustainable modes and optimize supply chain activity. "Green freight" refers to a collection of technologies and practices that improve the efficiency of the freight sector and provide a means to benchmark and track performance. Green freight programs promote these technologies and practices across the freight sector to help cut costs, track carbon, and benefit the environment.

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About the program

Domestic and international freight activity will quadruple by 2050 if trends persist. Heavy-duty vehicles account for a disproportionate share of oil consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution, and thus represent an important target for emissions control through the adoption of fuel-efficiency and emissions-control technologies. But decarbonizing freight is more challenging than other sectors of the economy, and technology alone will not be sufficient to achieve the goal. A systems approach will be needed—one that includes advanced vehicle technologies and measures to shift freight to the most sustainable modes and optimize supply chain activity. "Green freight" refers to a collection of technologies and practices that improve the efficiency of the freight sector and provide a means to benchmark and track performance. Green freight programs promote these technologies and practices across the freight sector to help cut costs, track carbon, and benefit the environment.

ICCT’s Green Freight program aims to improve the real-world energy efficiency and environmental performance of freight systems, with a focus on technology and its impacts on supply chain operations and an eye on integrating policies to promote regulatory efficiency standards, market-based approaches, and fiscal measures. We coordinate the Global Green Freight Action Plan, which aims to develop and align green freight programs worldwide while incorporating the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon. Over 50 organizations and countries pledged their support for the Action Plan, thus providing a platform for global and regional cooperation.

Our approach relies on three pillars: development of the technical foundation to support green freight programs and other clean transportation policies, technology verification to ensure real-world benefits under a range of conditions, and tailored regional support to national green freight programs. Ultimately, structured data collection and industry engagement through the development of these programs and activities can lay the foundation for clean transportation policies and improve the freight systems efficiency and environmental performance.

Recent publications

Mexico freight assessment

Provides information on market dynamics, opportunities and barriers for truck fuel-saving technologies and operational measures, and the potential benefits of building a more robust and extensive Transporte Limpio program, and harmonizing it with the SmartWay program in the U.S.

2017.10.30 | Consultant report
Expanding and aligning green freight programs in Latin America

Presents the proceedings of the of the "Latin America Workshop on Green Freight Programs" held in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 2017. During the three-day event, government officials, industry representatives, and experts discussed and identified challenges, opportunities, potential solutions and next steps to promote the development of green freight programs in Latin America.

2017.10.23 | Workshop report
Barriers to the adoption of fuel-saving technologies in the trucking sector

Summarizes the key barriers that impede the adoption of fuel-saving technologies in the trucking sector and discusses some of the ways policymakers can combat them.

2017.07.07 | Briefing
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Staff blog

Germany's G20 leadership could expand international cooperation on vehicle efficiency

At the next G20 Summit in July in Hamburg, Germany can lay the groundwork to achieve substantial energy savings and environmental benefits in three important ways.

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Senior Researcher
Program and Regional Lead
Senior Researcher / Regional Lead