Sustainable freight transport
Our work on this theme is based on robust knowledge built up over many years on the air pollutant and carbon emissions of passenger and freight transport. We use that knowledge to assess the potential of technical abatement measures, focusing on three main areas:
- The emissions of all modes of transport and comparison thereof
- The cost and impact of technical measures
- Supporting the logistics sector with knowledge and design of abatement measures.
What is the greenest?
Today there is plenty of talk about air quality and climate change in the transport sector and frequent debate on which mode of transport is ‘greenest’. In our study STREAM (Study on the TRansport Emissions of All Modes) we have taken the first steps towards answering that question. Indices from this study are providing input for numerous projects aimed at reviewing transport emissions or assessing the impact of policy measures to reduce them. We are also involved in several Dutch government programmes to reduce transport emissions (such as the ‘Clean and Efficient’ scheme) as well as international air pollution programmes (NEC and Gothenburg Protocol).
For the logistics sector, one of our main activities is developing methods to review emissions. We also design indicators that can be used to quantify the environmental impact of logistical operations and then, together with our clients, seek potential abatement measures. The Logistics Emissions Scan, which companies can use to quantify their transport emissions. is one example of a methodology that can be used by consignors and carriers alike.
Effective, fair and economically sound
With its research and consultancy and the support it provides to government and industry, CE Delft continues to work on reducing transport emissions. The overarching aim: to make effective, fair and economically sound choices in the realm of transportation.
Is your company keen to review and reduce its transport emissions? If so, take a look at the Logistics Emissions Scan.
Our research and consultancy on transport emissions has been carried for a wide range of national and international clients. Over the past few years these have included Dutch government agencies (among them the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), the 'Sustainable Logistics' programme, and regional and local authorities), the European Commission (DG ENV and DG TREN), environmental advocacy groups like the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment (Natuur en Milieu) and Transport and Environment (T&E), trade associations like TLN and KNV, and companies like Corus (now Tata Steel) and DHL.
For more information,
contact Eelco den Boer
Publicly available reports
Below we list all our publicly available reports relating to the theme of Sustainable freight transport.
TERM 2005: indicators tracking transport and environment in the European Union