Freight transport sector and climate change report

Total Environment Centre (TEC) today released the final report on the freight transport sector and climate change, pointing to the need for the sector to prepare for national efforts to combat climate change.

The report, Freight Transport & Climate Change: Exposures & Opportunities, reveals that greenhouse gas emissions from trucks, light commercial vehicles, rail, coastal shipping and air freight are poised to double from 1990 levels by 2020.

When considered alongside the emissions reductions that climate science is calling for, the proportion of national emissions produced by freight transport may more than triple by 2020- increasing from 4.07% in 1990 to 13.46% by 2020.

“Environmentalists and the industry can work together to get its house in order and be economically and environmentally sustainable,” says Jeff Angel, Director of TEC.

“The community push to get effective policies is unstoppable.”

Cameron Eren, coordinator of the TEC’s Industry Partnership Program and author of the report says the report is designed to help transport companies understand what climate change means for them.

“For example it explains their exposures to both climate change and climate policy, what they can do to manage these exposures and how they stand to gain from efforts to combat climate change.”

“Rising costs are designed to penalise energy inefficiency,” Eren says.

“Transport companies that pursue appropriate fuel switching and modal switching opportunities and maximise energy efficiency, will safeguard existing margins against rising costs and position themselves for growth in a carbon constrained world.”

Download the full report.

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