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The transportation sector contributes roughly 22% of global CO2 emissions and about 19% black carbon emissions: black carbon or soot is a powerful climate forcer with significant adverse health impacts. Heavy-duty vehicles such as those used for freight transportation have a marked impact on climate and air quality, and vehicle activity is projected to grow significantly in the coming decades, particularly in emerging economies. Diesel ground freight transport alone is responsible for over 150,000 tons of black carbon per year.
Emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which includes black carbon and other particles from heavy duty vehicles, contributes to elevated ambient concentrations of PM2.5 responsible for millions of premature deaths each year and a 69% increase in cardiovascular deaths after acute exposure to particulate air pollution, as well as increase in respiratory diseases.
Green freight programs can accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies and strategies that save fuel, reduce costs for business, and lead to significant reductions of CO2, black carbon, particulate matter and other air pollutant emissions across the entire transport sector.
Over 20 committed governments and dozens of NGOs and companies are brought together under the Global Green Freight Action Plan to expand, harmonize and scale up freight programs that reduce black carbon, particulate matter, CO2 and other emissions from global freight transportation.
The partners pledged to work towards three key objectives:
1. Align and enhance existing green freight efforts;
2. Develop and support new green freight programs globally;
3. Incorporate black carbon reductions into green freight programs.
We expect that successful implementation of this program and other initiatives will mitigate the climate impacts from the freight sector and even reverse the predicted trend of increasing black carbon (between 2020 and 2035) and CO2 emissions.
Our overarching goal is to enhance energy security and support economic development while protecting public health and the environment.
Three main areas of progress since the September 2014 Climate Summit
Key deliverables until end of this year
Our Expert Assistance is a no-cost service that connects you to an extensive network of professionals for consultation and advice on a range of short-lived climate pollution issues and policies.
Experts will provide guidance on technological options, mitigation measures (like those carried out by our initiatives), funding opportunities, application of measurement tools, and policy development.