A group of companies led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), including UK fleet routing and scheduling solutions company, Route Monkey, have agreed a new partnership to tackle emissions from road freight transport under the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi).
The founding companies also include established solution providers such as Nestle, Scania and UPS. The program also benefits from the modelling capabilities of the International Transport Forum. The group is in talks with more companies who are interested in joining the effort, and welcomes expressions of interest.
The group says that, while there are already well-known technologies and solutions to switch to alternative fuels or improve engine efficiency, this initiative will explore the “currently untapped and unmapped potential for emissions reductions through optimization and collaboration between companies on road freight transport”. The goal is to help meet the science-based target of 48 per cent reduction in absolute emissions between 2010 and 2050.
Colin Ferguson, CEO of Route Monkey, said, “Route Monkey’s optimization already today cuts carbon emissions and overheads by up to 20 per cent for more than 400 fleet customers. By combining selected fleets through this WBCSD initiative, we will from next year enable additional efficiency improvements of 15 per cent with diesel, and up to 60 per cent with alternative fuels.”
Alan Gershenhorn, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for UPS, said, “with a recent International Transport Forum study projecting that freight volumes could quadruple by 2050, the Low Carbon Freight initiative is an important catalyst to spearhead solutions to help manage and mitigate transport sector emissions. UPS is glad to collaborate, innovate and share our learnings.”
Figures suggest the transport sector produced around 23 per cent of total energy-related CO2 emissions. GHG emissions from transport are one of the fastest growing sectors, while emissions from freight transport have been growing even more rapidly than those from passenger transport. This is expected to continue to be the case, particularly in emerging and developing economies.
The solutions being proposed and designed in this partnership include improving: the accessibility of cutting edge fleet optimization tools to small and medium sized enterprises, co-optimization of multiple fleet movements through a common ICT platform, sharing assets such as distribution centers and trucks and more.