Commercial road transport services are at the heart of mobility, delivering economic and social prosperity around the world. It is fundamental that this essential industry has a sustainable outlook when it comes to economic viability, social responsibility but also to decarbonisation.
IRU recognises that decarbonisation must be addressed from a global perspective.
5 pillars for decarbonisation
In 2018, we defined the five pillars for decarbonisation:
- Boosting operational efficiency, through measures such as load factor optimisation, digitalisation and greater use of collaborative transport platforms, could contribute to CO2 savings of up to 10% in the EU. The use of high-capacity vehicles can also lead to significant CO2 savings, with 2 vehicles able to carry the load of 3 regular trucks.
- Eco-driver training helps the sector reduce its impact and IRU is playing an active role by providing training for drivers.
- Increasing the use of alternative fuels through a range of solutions. Operators are committed to using greater blends of low-carbon fuels in conventional engines, and shifting to new powertrain solutions where the business case exists.
- Improving fuel efficiency through further development and uptake of the latest technologies, such as engine efficiency improvements, waste-heat recovery and improved aerodynamics.
- A strong collective transport system offers a viable alternative to private car use, reducing both congestion and CO2 emissions.
IRU’s vision for decarbonisation
In 2019, IRU published its 2050 Decarbonisation Vision - a road map for green mobility and logistics that identifies quick solutions available right now and at minimal cost, to help the sector reduce its environmental impact.