Freight transport

Improving the sustainability of freight transport is a key concern of both government and industry. With its extensive know-how on air-pollutant and CO2 emissions in the logistics sector CE Delft can support clients, particularly on the following issues:

  • In-depth knowledge of emissions of all modes of transport: road, rail, inland and maritime shipping, aviation
  • Calculation of the carbon footprint of logistics operations and development of tools
  • Effects and costs of emission abatement measures, with respect to vehicles, use of new energy sources, modal shifts and logistics optimisation
  • Development and review of government policies on emission reduction and sustainable freight transport at the European, national and local level
  • Research on the environmental footprint and cost of current and future fuels, including biofuels

Carbon footprint tools and models

Increasingly, freight carriers and shippers want a better idea of the carbon footprint  of their transport activities, for customer communications on this issue. We have many years of experience developing methodologies, datasets and tools for quantifying the footprint of logistical operations.

What is the greenest?

Today there is plenty of talk about air quality and climate change in the transport sector and frequent debate on which mode of transport is ‘greenest’. In our study STREAM (Study on the TRansport Emissions of All Modes) we have taken the first steps towards answering that question. Indices from this study are providing input for numerous projects aimed at reviewing transport emissions or assessing the impact of policy measures to reduce them.

Government policy and technical measures

CE Delft can also support clients in research on the impacts, costs and benefits of measures to reduce the environmental burden of freight transport operations. That research may involve a review of technical measures like aerodynamic enhancement or a switch to electric vehicles, biofuels or LNG, or alternatively of government policies. We have a solid understanding of  the costs and savings of a wide range of fuel-efficiency measures and can quantify the impact of pricing policies, standards, subsidies and other such measures for all modes of transport.

We have in-depth know-how on biofuels as well as European, national and local policies on transport, energy and the environment. For projects relating to transport energy systems we collaborate with our energy specialists, who can supply relevant information on such issues as interlinkages with energy supplies to other sectors.

Our clients

  • Dutch government agencies (among them the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), the 'Sustainable Logistics' programme, and regional and local authorities)
  • The European Commission (DG ENV and DG TREN)
  • Environmental advocacy groups like the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment (Natuur en Milieu) and Transport and Environment (T&E)
  • Trade associations like TLN and KNV, and companies like Corus (now Tata Steel) and DHL.

Your contact

For more information, contact Matthijs Otten