Monday, April 16, 2012

Achieving emissions reductions in the freight sector: Understanding freight flows and exploring reduction options

Georgetown Climate Center
James J. Winebrake, PhD.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Presented via Webinar for the Talking Freight Seminar: Freight and the Environment Part I
21 March 2012

Freight is closely tied to economic growth and is growing; unfortunately, the bulk of freight is moved by high energy-intensive and GHG-intensive modes (truck).

On behalf of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, Dr. James Winebrake recently conducted an analysis of all freight moving through the northeastern United States.

The presentation shows some examples of emissions, costs and time for freight routes, and potentially sets the stage for additional work in this area.

The IF-TOLD Mitigation Framework

  • Intermodalism/Infrastructure– use of efficient modes and infrastructure
  • Fuels – use of low carbon fuels
  • Technology – application of efficient technologies
  • Operations – best practices in operator behavior
  • Logistics – improve supply chain management
  • Demand – reduce how much STUFF we consume

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