A new study from Smart Freight Centre (SFC) and the Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains (CSLS) at Kühne Logistics University (KLU) reveals that small road freight operators need to strengthen their commitment to the greening of supply chains.
European road freight transport remains one of the most important sectors to decarbonize, with heavy goods vehicles accounting for roughly 20% of transport-related CO2 emissions.
This study, with research contributed by Transporeon, provides insights into current thinking in the road carrier market on the decarbonization issue, and examines emission calculation capabilities and the rate at which emission reduction measures are being implemented across a sample of more than 800 European carriers in 32 European countries.
- The study shows that there are important differences regarding the ability of carriers to decarbonize, depending on their fleet size.
- As the amount of freight movement on European roads is projected to increase by almost 50% by 2050, crucial support and incentives are needed urgently from a number of stakeholders in the industry.
- As small operators account for 99% of companies in the European road freight sector, they will play a key role in this decarbonization process. For this reason, they will have to be incentivized and strongly supported.