Freight transport is expected to grow at roughly 3% per year until 2050
As the logistics activities grow, so will CO2 emissions
To meet the 1.5°C 2050 climate goal, logistics CO2 emissions will need to decrease by 19%
To meet the 2°C 2050 climate goals, logistics CO2 emissions will need to decrease by 64%
Besides CO2, the transport sector is a major source of black carbon
The transport sector emits nearly 20% of global black carbon, attributed to 3.2 million premature deaths per year
ITF (2017), “Transport demand and CO2 emissions to 2050”, in ITF Transport Outlook 2017, OECD Publishing, Paris.
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Smart Freight Centre. Annual Report 2016. www.smartfreightcentre.org.
While the freight transporters and companies with freight transport in their supply chain face many challenges, there are myriad opportunities for companies to reduce their environmental footprints. And, since many emissions reductions projects revolve around increasing fuel efficiency, simply put, sustainability in freight transport can often be good for the bottom line as well.
Sustainable logistics can have many angles:
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