Reduce emissions and improve efficiency
Freight movement accounts for 8 percent of all corporate greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the largest carbon footprint contributors. The emissions come directly from all the trucks, trains, ships and planes that carry goods between each node of the supply chain. There are huge financial incentives for reducing the environmental impact from freight … and companies have the power to make it happen. By employing smarter logistics strategies, they can operate more efficiently and affordably.
The Green Freight Handbook
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Ocean freight is the most environmentally sustainable global shipping option. Learn how to make this a major piece of your intermodal mix.View All Ocean Freight Resources
Air freight is the most expensive and carbon-intensive transport mode. Optimizing your air freight usage can lead to big economic and environmental benefits.View All Air Freight Resources
Rail transport burns a lot less fuel, and emits a great deal less greenhouse gases, than trucks.View All Rail Freight Resources
Thirty-six percent of U.S. truck trailers are underutilized. Capturing just half of this capacity would cut freight truck emissions by 100 million tons per year.View All Road Freight Resources
Warehouses, Distribution Centers, Facilities
Warehouses, distribution centers and facilities can be a great place to start when looking for energy efficiencies.View All Warehouses, Distribution Centers, Facilities Resources
Measuring & Reporting
New technologies and methodologies are making data collection, analysis and sharing simpler, faster and more effective. This provides key information back to stakeholders throughout the supply chain. Measuring and reporting should help your supply chain partners tell their story better.View All Measuring & Reporting Resources
Understanding the motivations of different groups involved in your supply chain is a challenge, but can go a long way when showing how your goals are relevant and beneficial to them!View All Stakeholder Engagement Resources
While voluntary corporate actions to reduce GHG emissions are important, only public policy can deliver the pace and scale of reductions needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. That’s why policy advocacy is an essential element of corporate sustainability leadership. Companies can make a difference by supporting policies that drive down greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, unleash innovation and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon freight system.View All Policy Resources
Companies implementing freight optimization plans often cut costs in addition to emissions. Explore case studies on companies that have achieved financial gains on top of their environmental ones to build the business case for your company’s freight optimization strategy.View All Business Case Resources
In the U.S., freight transport accounts for 16 percent of corporate greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the largest carbon footprint contributors.
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Green Freight Resources
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Get your company started on the sustainability journey here! From overviews and introductions to advocating for policy, and everything in between, this is where you should start.
Reducing freight’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions is a major, long-term challenge for logistics professionals. Critical progress can be made, though, starting today.
The first step to greening your freight transport is to understand the issue and how it impacts your business.
There are many stakeholders — both inside and outside of your company — that you may need or want to engage.
This section of the Green Freight Handbook provides a framework to help you answer the question of what strategies make the most sense to you. It starts with EDF’s 5 Principles for Greener Freight.
The biggest breakthroughs in freight efficiency will come from companies working together to ship the same volume of freight in fewer, fuller loads.
When it comes to setting goals for freight sustainability, don’t underestimate your power to change things. Set aggressive targets and challenge the organization to achieve them.
Start your journey by establishing performance-based metrics, and report your progress regularly.
If you’re just beginning a concerted freight sustainability effort, focus on projects over which you have complete control and can quickly demonstrate results.
A guide to corporate carbon accounting, including definitions of scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions, companies that have set scope 3 goals, and initiatives you can turn to for help doing the same.
A coalition that is catalyzing business action and driving policy ambition to accelerate the zero-carbon transition.
EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership serves as a resource center for all organizations looking to expand their work in the area of greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement and management.