The Carbon Footprint of Trucking: Driving Toward A Cleaner Future



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The Carbon Footprint of Trucking: Towards a Cleaner Future

The pandemic may have temporarily curbed greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but even a global recession can’t negate the impact of transportation—especially the carbon footprint of trucking.

In 2020, lockdowns resulted in an 8% average global decrease in GHG emissions over the first half of the year, when compared to 2019.

As this infographic from dynaCERT shows, trucking remains a significant contributor of GHGs amid booming ecommerce and increased international trade. But innovative solutions can help.

GHGs and the Impact of Trucking

Between 2005 and 2012, global GHG emissions plateaued but have risen every year since.

This growth is not expected to slow in the coming years. Between 2019 and 2050, the amount of atmospheric CO2 is projected to nearly double, from 4.5 to 8.2 gigatons.

Carbon dioxide is not the only substance emitted by trucking that’s detrimental to the environment:

Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)Black Carbon (BC)

  • Include carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O), and methane (CH4)

  • Trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere resulting in a greenhouse effect, or “global warming”

  • Emitted during processes like combustion and livestock farming, and can remain suspended in the atmosphere for decades or even centuries


  • Fine particulate air pollution also known as "soot"

  • Emitted by combustion engines, BC is the second-largest contributor to climate change after CO2

  • BC can remain in the atmosphere for weeks before falling to Earth in rain or snow

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