Freight is an essential part of a globalized, modern economy. It is also responsible for 8 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. This is significant in itself, but even more concerning is that emissions from freight transportation are also growing -- and fast.
The good news is that we can take actions today to reduce this growth in freight emissions and actually achieve significant absolute reductions in carbon pollution. These actions can be cost-effective and will enable freight to be moved more efficiently and responsibly.
The sustainable freight infographic below brings to life facts and figures that illustrate the challenge and opportunity freight presents us today. We need both strong new policies and bold corporate leadership to reduce freight emissions.
The most import fact of all that are presented below is this: It is in our power today to choose a future that embraces a strong freight transport sector that also dramatically cuts carbon pollution.
This infographic originally appeared at EDF's Innovation Exchange and is reprinted with permission.
Container ship image by KAMONRAT via Shutterstock.