Transport is the most intractable area for tackling climate change, with road freight emissions growing fastest. We look at how the logistics industry is innovating in new fuels and vehicles to accelerate progress
Transport has proved a tough nut to crack when it comes to tackling climate change. Road transport, which accounts for about a fifth of the EU's total CO2 emissions, is the only major sector where greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, according to the European Commission.
All new technologies that could replace fossil fuels have cost, infrastructure and supply chain issues. And while research into alternative fuels for cars, lorries, trains, planes and ships is under way, biofuels have implications for land use and can compete with food production, while electric vehicles are only carbon-neutral if the electricity comes from renewable sources. The inexorable rise of e-commerce may also be adding to the challenge.
The urgent need to address climate change, and the attention now being focused on respiratory health, means that transport emissions is shooting up the corporate agenda. And with road freight CO2 emissions now the fastest growing component of transport emissions, both in Europe and globally, according to the OECD, logistics companies are at the sharp end.
Logistics firms are discovering that having sustainable operations has become a key requirement before any contract is even discussed, explains Peter Harris, director of sustainability in Europe...