Transportation Industry & Sustainability

This section includes governmental as well as industry-specific websites, books and other resources focused on improving sustainability and reducing the carbon impact of transportation companies. Four are highlighted to get you started. Additional resources follow, organized by resource type.


EPA Smart Way: Why Freight Matters to Supply Chain Sustainability | US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)This article explains how companies involved in production, distribution, and transportation of goods can help mitigate emissions trends and make a difference.
Research & Technical Resources: Sustainability | American Public Transportation AssociationNorth American public transportation industry group’s overview and recommendations for best practices related to the sustainability of public vehicles.
State & Local Sustainable Transportation Resources | US Department of Energy (US DOE)A compilation of information and links to programs focused on sustainability in state and local transportation.
The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF)A collaborative venture between Cambridge University, Heriot Watt University, Westminster University and industry organizations in the freight and logistics sectors, taking a cross-disciplinary approach to reducing the carbon imprint in logistics. Areas include: data collection & analysis, logistics, vehicle systems, energy systems, and strategy.


An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation Policy, Planning and Implementation. 2018.This multi-authored work reflects a new sustainable transportation planning paradigm. It explores the concepts of sustainable development and sustainable transportation, describes practical techniques for comprehensive evaluation, provides tools for multi-modal transport planning, and presents innovative mobility management solutions to transportation problems.
Handbook of Sustainable Transport. 2020.Explores the need for a sustainable transport paradigm, sought by local and national authorities globally for the last 30 years. This handbook offers insights into how agreement on a common approach to sustainable transport can be secured more broadly and what challenges it may involve. Draws on a wide range of research and relevant case studies to showcase accepted principles of sustainable transport.
Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions. 2010.This text provides a framework for developing systems that move people and products efficiently while minimizing damage to the local and global environment. The book offers a comprehensive perspective on the problems surrounding current transportation systems: climate change, urban air pollution, diminishing petroleum reserves, safety issues, and congestion. Explores the range of possible solutions, including applications of pricing, planning, policy, education, and technology.
Transportation, Sustainability and Decarbonization. 2020.The Geography of Transport Systems: The Spatial Organization of Transportation and Mobility is an online textbook. Its primary purpose is to understand how mobility is linked with the geography of transportation. Chapter 4.4 specifically highlights Transportation, Sustainability and Decarbonization and identifies specific issues related to transportation and minimizing carbon impacts.


Institute for Sustainable TransportationThink tank started by the University at Buffalo (NY/USA) maintains this site to provide sustainability, transportation and logistics education and research. Emphasis is on a trans-disciplinary approach which integrates analytical and engineering problem-solving skills with managerial principles and creative adaptation.
Transit and Sustainability | US Federal Transit Administration (FTA)A collection of information, policy recommendations and links for available options that improve or address sustainability solutions for transportation.

Online Calculators/Tools

CO2 Emission Calculator for Transport and Logistics WorldwideCarbon calculator developed for the logistics industry by Peter Wild and Peter Somaglia to measure emissions caused by logistics activities. Dr. Wild was the first to professionally analyze and call for reducing CO2 emissions in the aviation sector globally. He is a specialist for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - a funding agency of the United Nations.
EcoDriving & Vehicle Health | DrivecSwedish company providing third-party fleet management software for mixed fuel-type fleets. Potential to reduce carbon emissions and improve fleet efficiency.
Instant Carbon Emissions Calculator | ExFreightProvides shippers and third-party logistics (3PL) partners decision-making insight regarding modes of transport, shipment routing, and overall CO2 emissions. Calculations utilize measurement standards published by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Corporate Climate Leadership. The estimated carbon emissions for all shipment modes is provided at the time of rating and during actual transit. This includes first mile trucking, air/ocean transport, and final delivery worldwide. Data is collected and verified with all respective carriers and provided to the shipper.
LogEC – Logistics Emissions Calculator | BearingPoint USAConsulting firm’s comprehensive emissions calculator developed for the transportation/logistics industry. It measures the emissions for CO2 and CO2e at the highest level of detail, automatically calculating emissions for every shipment, and allowing users to  integrate new customers with standard interfaces for shipment data. Provides full compliance to the DIN EN16258 standard (European Union methodology for calculation and declaration of energy consumption and GHG emissions of transport services) and French decree 2011:1336 (requirement to detail quantity of carbon dioxide emitted during pre-operational and operational phases of transportation.)


ITE Talks TransportationIndustry association podcast talks about different issues weekly. One of those issues is the carbon impact of the transportation industry.
Supply Chain BrainThis industry website and think tank hosts a podcast featuring transportation issues among its themes.


The Road to Sustainable Transport | International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD)Policy brief, from the “Still Only One Earth” series of reports from International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD). The article assesses the successes and shortcomings of five decades of global environmental policy, exploring how “transport is at the center of many economic and social development challenges, accounting for about 64% of global oil consumption, 27% of all energy use, and 23% of the world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.” This brief further postulates that “rethinking and revamping transit in the post-COVID era by implementing structural changes would go a long way toward reinforcing some of the positive impacts on emission levels and air quality created by efforts to curb the pandemic.”
Transportation & Sustainability | New York Department of TransportationWide-ranging policy document that provides background from New York and other US states and communities on sustainability issues related to transportation sectors.