Why are we doing it?
Freight transportation continues to grow, linked to economic development and increased global trade. Unless interventions are put in place, this will result in the continued increased in greenhouse gas emissions:
- Transportation accounts for 20% of final global energy consumption [IEA Energy Technology Perspectives, 2015]. In the EU, transport produces a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions, of which road transport, passenger and freight contribute to over 70% (vsEuropean Commission White Paper, 2011), consequently, accounting for 15%-20% of emissions.
- The global demand for road freight, measured in tonne-kilometers (T/kms), will almost triple between 2015 and 2050 (International Transport Forum, 2017), with the growth concentrating in developing economies.
- In 2050, non-OECD countries will represent more than 80% of the demand for road freight transport, up from 60% in 2015. Demand will grow particularly strongly in countries where rail infrastructure is not well developed, such as African or South-East Asian countries. It is also expected that road will remain the primary mode of transport for short distances (EC White Paper, 2011).
- According to UK freight transport statistics 74% of freight moved in the UK in 2015 was by road, 11% by Rail, 15% by Water. 30% of driven kilometres carried out by trucks in the UK in 2016 were empty (ie zero tonnes carried).
FreightShare Lab is focussed on reducing the inefficiencies caused by empty or part-laden operations, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of freight movements.