Scaling Cleaner Freight Movement


Many companies have corporate responsibilities to report on their sustainability metrics and actions.  Some shippers require sustainability information from the fleets that they hire to transport freight. We all share one planet, and owe it to each other as well as future generations to do as little damage as possible. NACFE can help you find steps forward for your sustainability efforts.

Introduction & Rationale

The partnership that NACFE enjoys with both the Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room provides substantial resources, expertise and insights into sustainability.  It is a pleasure to be able to provide the assets of these three organizations to provide logistics leaders with support to help them succeed in their efforts to be more “green.”

Fuel Economy & Other Benefits

Although NACFE’s primary focus is to cut the fuel costs and raise productivity in freight transportation, that focus has the additional benefit of reducing use of fossil fuels, minimizing the emissions from trucks and providing additional efficiencies and ranges to all alternative fuels.

Shippers, logistics suppliers and fleets must work together to improve energy efficiency in the transportation system that supports all human needs.  Maximizing the ton-miles-per gallon (or gallon equivalent) of fuel regardless of the mode of transportation is beneficial to both the businesses involved as well as the customers and the planet as a whole.

Common Fleet Strategies

Some fleets take large scale steps to change operations with alternative fuels and improve best practices.  Other fleets experiment strategically and publicly to show they are investigating new technologies that can be beneficial if the return on investment proves to be positive.

What People Are Saying

Pepsi announced on October 17, 2016 that it has a 2025 Sustainability Agenda.  A key portion of this work challenges the organization to “Reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions across the company’s value chain by at least 20% by 2030, with a focus on collaborating with suppliers, business partners and customers to reduce emissions related to agriculture, packaging and transportation.”

From the UPS Sustainability website in the Fuels and Fleet section: “UPS has a history of more than 10 years of testing and deploying a variety of vehicle types, matched to the terrain and delivery conditions at each location. This approach helps UPS continuously integrate new technologies and operational efficiencies in our large, global delivery fleet. While monitoring each vehicle’s performance, we work with manufacturers, government agencies and non-profit organizations to advance new technologies. Because the more we discover together, the more sustainable we become and the more we help others move forward, too.”

Available Systems

NACFE provides benchmarking spreadsheets as a portion of the Annual Fleet Fuel Study to allow rapid and simple comparisons to industry leading fleets.  Our confidence reports are published to provide fleets unbiased reviews of technical solutions including the benefits as well as the consequences.  Our workshops provide an open forum for the discussion of best practices.

We are frequent speakers at the “green events” in the industry such as ACT Expo (Long Beach CA), Green Truck Summit (Indy), Green Fleets Midwest Forum (Columbus OH), and DOE Clean Cities events.  If you would like our help in finding the right speakers, suppliers, audience and event to meet your interests, please ask us.

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