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Green Freight Definition

Green freight means transporting goods using low and zero-emission vehicles. Green freight shipping has deliberate strategies, policies, and practices designed to steer the movement of goods with significantly reduced environmental, climate, and public wellness impacts.

The introduction of this program dates back to 2014. It was termed the Global Green Freight Action Plan by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. It had 50 countries and organizations behind it.

Freight movement is a contributor to hazardous emissions to the environment. Trucks, ships, trains, and planes contribute at least 16 percent of these greenhouse emissions. So it won’t surprise you that environmentally friendly shipping is very beneficial. It creates a better reputation for your customer base, increases profit margins, and provides market leverage.

Principles of Green Freight

According to the EDF, transporters must follow five principles to achieve greener freight:

  1. Choose the most carbon-efficient transport option. 
  2. Redesign your logistics network. 
  3. Collaborate
  4. Demand cleaner equipment and practices.
  5. Get the most out of every move. 

The five principles of greener freight are cost-effective and achieve long-lasting, environmentally friendly results. 

The Essentials to Understanding Freight Shipping

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