Last week the EIA announced that the transportation industry surpassed power as the leader in CO2 for the first time in over 40 years. Anheuser-Busch pre-orders 40 of Tesla’s electric semi and LTL pricing structures start to shift towards density-dependent models.
Transportation Becomes the Top Sector for US CO2 Emissions
According to data compiled by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the transportation sector has replaced the electric power sector as the top carbon dioxide emitter in the nation in 2016. This represents the first time that the power sector was removed from the top emissions source since 1984, when industrial emissions were the leading sector and transportation CO2 emissions were 12.5% below that of the power sector. The most recent transition is a result of significant declines in power emissions and more modest changes in overall transportation figures. The power sector has benefited from a move away from coal towards natural gas and renewable sources, as well increased efficiencies in the generation process. This led to 2016 CO2 emissions of 1.82 billion MT, which is 25% below the level from 10 years prior. The transportation sector registered 1.88 billion MT (7% below 2007 emissions).
What does this mean for shippers?
This new data reinforces the importance of managing energy in transportation. Vehicle and freight technology will likely drive efficiencies in transportation in the future, both for the movement of people and goods. More substantial improvements will require a more active approach – including decisions of mode, fuel type, and overall network decisions – to help curb the nation’s number one sector of emissions. In addition, continued improvements in the power sector will likely blend into transportation with the development of electric vehicle options. Emissions continue to move toward a lifecycle approach, and the source of power generation will become key to understanding the full impact of an electric fleet. Both transportation and power generation will have a big impact on shippers; especially those that look to take advantage of the improvements in each sector.
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The use of dimensioners is expanding in the less-than-truckload industry, enabling carriers to more accurately calculate shipment density. In fact, many LTL carriers are leaning toward the adoption of a pricing system that is based on density alone.