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Heavy Transport

We are working to decarbonize the trucks, trains, airplanes, and ships that move people and goods around the world every day.

What Is the Heavy Transport Initiative?

As the demand for heavy transport grows in lockstep with global GDP, so do carbon emissions. We are working to break the link between the demand for heavy transport and CO2 emissions by shifting to zero-carbon fuels in the trucking, shipping, and aviation sectors.

Why It Matters

Transportation emissions account for 23 percent of global CO2 emissions (8.8 Gt/year), with more than half of those emissions coming from the trucks, trains, airplanes, and ships that move people and goods around the world every day.

What We're Doing

Trucking

We are working toward zero-carbon trucking by accelerating the adoption of battery-electric technologies in urban and regional markets, and battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cells technologies for long-haul markets to combat 2.7 Gt CO2e per year.

We are also partnering with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and the trucking industry to increase confidence in energy-efficient technologies and practices.

Shipping

Maritime shipping transports 90 percent of the world’s goods and is responsible for 2–3 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year. Left unchecked, shipping emissions are expected to grow by 50–250 percent by 2050, putting the sector on track to become a major contributor of global GHG emissions.

We are working to reduce the carbon footprint of global maritime shipping by creating mechanisms that integrate climate considerations into lending decisions to help incentivize shipping’s decarbonization.

Aviation

Emissions from air travel are growing faster than the industry anticipated; aviation will contribute 1 gigaton of CO2 by 2020. That’s equivalent to the total CO2 emissions produced in 2018 by more than all the cars in India. Without intervention, aviation’s share of global carbon emissions will grow from 3 percent to over 9 percent, and its GHG emissions will grow to 20 percent by 2050.

We are forging innovative partnerships with airports and industry organizations to decarbonize the aviation industry and speed the adoption of low-carbon, sustainable aviation fuels around the world.

OUR TEAM

Ned Harvey
Managing Director

Thomas Koch Blank
Principal

Dave Mullaney
Manager

Adam Klauber

Craig Schiller
Manager

Mike Roeth
Director

James Mitchell
Manager

Kathleen Wight
Business Development Manager

LeeAnn Baronett
Marketing Manager

RESOURCES

Blog

The Poseidon Principles: A Groundbreaking New Formula for Navigating Decarbonization

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News

Maersk Charts Course Toward Sustainable Shipping

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Report

Amping Up: Charging Infrastructure for Electric Trucks

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Report

Medium-Duty Electric Trucks: Cost of Ownership

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Report

Electric Trucks: Where They Make Sense

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Blog

How Commercial Electric Vehicles Present Unique Challenges for Charging Infrastructure

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Report

Electric Trucks: Where they Make Sense

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Action Brief

A Radical New Plan for Aviation

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Blog

Reducing Santa's Carbon Footprint with Medium-Duty, Electric Trucks

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Report

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves a Step Closer to Funding Aviation Biofuels

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Report

Navigation Decarbonization – An Approach to Evaluate Shipping’s Risks and Opportunities Associated with Climate Change Mitigation Policy

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