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Greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector are expected to double by 2050 if not enough action is taken. Quick and effective measures to curb emissions in the sector are possible and can save money for governments, companies and individuals, along with providing health benefits by reducing pollution. Photo © Pline/CC

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Website: The Global Green Freight Action Plan

Contact: ccac_secretariat@unep.org

The Global Green Freight Action Plan aims to foster the environment-friendly transport of goods within and between countries in order to curb greenhouse gas emissions and other highly damaging pollutants.

This involves expanding and harmonizing green freight programs and improving fuel efficiency, while protecting public health and boosting innovation in the global freight transportation supply chain.

According to the International Agency Energy’s World Energy Outlook, the transportation sector contributes roughly 22 percent of global CO2 emissions and about 19% of emissions of black carbon, a powerful driving force behind climate change which also has significant, negative health impacts.

Supported by 50 governments along with civil society and companies, the Global Green Freight Action Plan was announced at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2014.

It is now part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) and is coordinated by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

Green Freight Programs and Initiatives Picking up Speed

Green freight programs can accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies and strategies that save fuel, reduce costs for business, and lead to significant reductions of CO2, black carbon, particulate matter and other air pollutant emissions across the entire transport sector.

Green freight programs, partnerships, and collaborative initiatives have already been implemented as voluntary efforts in some countries and regions in various forms to drive improvement beyond business-as-usual. This includes both green freight ‘programs’ and green freight ‘initiatives.’

Under the Global Green Freight Action Plan, a green freight ‘program’ combines carbon accounting and disclosure with action plans, collaboration, and recognition for businesses’ efforts, e.g. through a label. An initiative may involve working on a subset of those activities or conducting research or work to support programs.

The most successful programs deliver major business benefits by incentivizing investments in fuel saving and emission reducing technologies and operational strategies.

These result in substantial cost savings and positive environmental benefits.


Photo credit: Victor Camilo (Flickr)


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