Many companies are striving to improve their supply chains by making them more transparent — but not when it comes to the climate impacts of freight transportation.
Such is the lack of transparency in reporting transportation’s carbon emissions that the highest emitting mode — road — is almost entirely absent from the disclosure picture.
Toward an emissions calculation framework for the minerals industry
Imagine driving your brand-new electric vehicle along Main Street on a weekday evening. Sleek and silent, you are the envy of the entire town. You know that the carbon dioxide directly emitted from the engine is nil: that was the whole point of buying the thing, wasn’t it? …
Driven by increasing volumes of goods moving through supply chains across the globe, demand for freight transportation is expected to triple over the next few years (1). If we continue shipping goods as we do today, freight emissions will surpass energy as the most carbon-intensive sector by 2050, doubling carbon emissions by 2050 (1,2).
Despite these grim predictions, there is a clear path forward for green freight. Using well-established efficiency techniques and existing/near-term green freight technologies, we can keep emissions at bay while still allowing businesses to grow.
A rapid and widespread change of course is required to achieve this…