Try imagining how many trucks are travelling around the world, carrying the products we consume everyday; our books, our medicine, our furniture.
Now, imagine how many border crossings we have around the world and how many trucks and cars are standing in line and consuming fuel that adds to our greenhouse emissions. Also, imagine how many empty trucks are travelling every day on our roads.
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. Read more
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.
However, 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 was performed by vehicles with a maximum permissible laden weight of 30 tons, yet the average weight carried per road vehicle was only 13.6 tons, or 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 relates to empty containers. Due to trade imbalances, 60% of containers returning to Asia from the US and 40% from Europe are empty!