The Highway To Paris

Climate Action Tracker Decarbonisation Series - Freight Transport

Published: 24/05/2018

Decarbonising the transport sector, which accounted for 28% of global CO2 emissions in 2014,1 is crucial for the transition to a low-carbon economy in line with the Paris Agreement. About 40% of well-to-wheel CO2 emissions from the global transport sector were attributed to freight transport in 2014. Heavy road transport activity in particular has, historically, been closely related to GDP and is expected to increase about threefold from 2010 levels by 2050.

As part of its decarbonisation series, the Climate Action Tracker has investigated decarbonisation pathways for freight transport.  The analysis shows that full decarbonisation of global freight emissions should be targeted to around 2050 to meet the Paris Agreement goals. For the EU this means that freight emissions should be reduced by at least 30% below 2015 levels by 2030, with full decarbonisation of overland freight by around 2050. Decarbonising transport will produce large health and energy security benefits including air quality improvements, electricity grid balancing, electricity storage, and economic benefits including reduced fuel import costs.

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