Flash forward 10 years: What would green, sustainable freight transportation look like

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Freightera continues to build the freight transportation marketplace with a mission to transform the whole industry, releases the Green Future of Freight infographic.

GREEN FUTURE OF FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION  © 2017 Freightera

Green Future of Freight - © 2017 Freightera

Without change, freight transport emissions are predicted to grow to 50% of global emissions by 2050.

Freightera, the Expedia-like freight shipping marketplace, continues to work on its mission to transform freight transportation from a large polluter to clean and sustainable industry. Freightera customers will soon be able to choose their freight carriers not just by traditional and mission-critical price and shipping time, but by lower emission option as well. Freightera is making partnerships to feature lower emission carriers and all major North American rail companies in its platform. Rail is currently the least polluting option for long haul freight.

As a part of its thought leadership mission in green freight, Freightera released an infographic summarizing the transition process to low emission, sustainable freight transport. “Few may realize it, but freight transport is already producing 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions,” noted Freightera’s founder and CEO Eric Beckwitt, “without change, under business as usual, freight transport emissions are predicted to grow to 50% of global emissions by 2050.”

The new infographic summarizes current air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from freight transport, projected growth by 2050, and shows how we can make the transition to low and zero emission transport. It illustrates the article Mr. Beckwitt first authored for the 2016 G7 Summit version of Climate Change: The New Economy, and following invitation to COP22, the larger presentation at the UN 2016 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

“The key to emissions reductions is a multi-step, pragmatic process,” Eric Beckwitt continues, “On land, filling empty trucks, shifting long-haul freight to rail, and full use of existing emissions reduction technologies can reduce CO2 emissions 30-65%. On the oceans, operational measures, switching to low sulfur fuel, and current scrubber technology can immediately decrease ship energy consumption, CO2 emissions and NOx and SOx emissions by up to 75%.”

Longer term, solar and wind powered electric rail; wind, solar and hybrid electric cargo ships, and sustainable electric trucks offer the best options for sustainable, zero emission freight transportation.

About Freightera
Freightera is an award winning online freight marketplace automating freight shipping and increasing operating margins for carriers and B2B shippers. Freightera creates partnerships and systems and promotes new technologies that allow business to find the best price, optimal shipping time and lowest emission transportation options. Over 3,000 manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers in the US and Canada use Freightera for 24/7 online access to billions of all-inclusive freight rates and instant freight booking. For more information, see http://www.freightera.com or contact Eric Beckwitt at +1 800 886 4870

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