A typical scenario is a truck that just delivered a load of goods from a southern city to a northern city and now has to return home empty.
Everything we touch is available to us because of the logistics industry.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the EU Commission, transportation is one of the largest contributors to the total greenhouse gas emissions. More than two thirds of transport-related greenhouse gas emissions are the product of road transport. Read more
There are also significant emissions from the aviation and maritime sectors, the sectors, which are experiencing the fastest growth in emissions.
In the US, 28% of the miles travelled by trucks while they are empty, amounting to 47 million empty miles a year.
Similarly, in the EU, 84% of all road transportation is performed by vehicles with a maximum permissible laden weight of 30 tons, yet the average weight carried per road vehicle is only 13.6 tons; in other words they utilize only 45% of their full capacity.
According to Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Hofstra University, New York, USA, 20.5% of container-handling activities in ports involves empty containers. Due to trade imbalances, 60% of containers returning to Asia from the US and 40% from Europe are empty.