Green Freight

Reducing the climate and health impacts of the transport of goods

The freight sector— which includes trucks, trains, marine vessels, airplanes, and other modes — provides a vital service delivering foods, goods, and resources. But, the movement of freight also affects our economies, communities, and local and global environments in profound ways.

The freight sector is growing: more freight, weighing more, is being moved by more modes farther and faster with each passing decade. As globalization, urbanization, and global economies continue to expand, the freight sector will too, consuming more fuel and releasing harmful emissions. To better understand the impacts of global freight movement, consider that the freight industry transports trillions of dollars’ worth of goods every year to every corner of the globe and back, largely by burning millions of gallons of diesel fuel, which emits greenhouse gases and other pollutants. 

These emissions are responsible for significant environmental and economic impacts:   

The Global Green Freight Project was initiated by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition as part of a large-scale effort to reduce the climate and health impacts and improve the energy and economic efficiency of transporting goods and materials.


The goal of the Global Green Freight Action Plan is to facilitate collaboration among governments, the private sector, and civil society to enhance the efficiency of global goods movement in ways that significantly reduce climate, health, energy, and economic impacts. The Action Plan encompasses an evolving set of actions aimed at engaging stakeholders in support of three main objectives: aligning and enhancing existing green freight efforts; developing new green freight programs; and incorporating measures to control black carbon emissions into green freight programmes.

What we're doing

  • Information exchange and collaboration between existing initiatives and relevant stakeholders
  • Development and harmonization of tools, methodologies, and procedures for use across green freight programmes
  • Guidance and capacity building for green freight programme implementation
  • Adoption of technologies and strategies
  • Improved information and increased awareness on black carbon and freight
  • Integration of black carbon into green freight programmes' supporting tools, methodolgies, technologies and strategies

Who's involved

Lead Partner: A Coalition partner with an active role in coordinating, monitoring and guiding the work of an initiative.

Implementer: A Coalition partner or actor receiving Coalition funds to implement an activity or initiative.

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Resources & tools

2017 | Reports, Case Studies & Assessments
, Dr. Pham Huu Tuyen of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), in collaboration with Nguyen Nguyet Nga of the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam and Pia May Agatep of Clean Air Asia

This report presents an analysis and evaluation of the current and prospective of freight sector in Viet Nam, focusing on heavy-duty trucks. It also proposes actions for the development of green...

2017 | Reports, Case Studies & Assessments
, John Rogers, Robin Kaenzig and Steven J. Rogers The Sustainable Transport and Emissions Services Company

This Mexico Freight Assessment was conducted in 2017 for the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) by the Sustainable Transport and Emissions Services Company, TSTES SA de CV,...

2017 | Guidelines & Tools
, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT); Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

This document provides step-by-step guidance for conducting a freight assessment when the ultimate goal is to develop a green freight program. As more countries and regions explore ways to reduce...

Freight assessment blueprint: Practical guide for evaluating freight transportation in support of national green freight programs
2017 | Guidelines & Tools
, Smart Freight Centre; Global Emissions Logistics Council; Climate and Clean Air Coalition; The International Council on Clean Transportation; SmartWay

This document is meant to provide guidance to the logistics sector for the voluntary measurement and reporting of black carbon emissions. This report provides guidelines for calculating black...

Activity contact

Sandra Cavalieri,
Programme Manager
secretariat [at]

Pollutants (SLCP)

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