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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.
This session will provide an overview of the relevance of green freight, results of freight assessments in Brazil, China, the Philippines and Vietnam, and achievements and lessons learned in Asia. City representatives will also make up a panel discussion on Solutions for Greening Urban Logistics.