After the 2015 Paris Agreement, the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) was created to “mobilize the private sector to take the lead on urgent climate action.” By which they mean to analyze emission-rdeuction targets that could effect truckers, carriers, and the whole of supply chain sectors. With a focus on the transportation industry as a whole, the transportation-related emissions account for a total of 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In which case, the emissions are 11.4 times larger than a company’s operational emissions, so says the SBTi. Policy and technology progress made to decarbonize the fast-growing freight industry is certainly under greater scrutiny than ever before. One might even say that it’s not picky. Fernando Rangel Villasana, a senior technical manager from SBTi says that “It’s not about a sector focus only. We accept and recognize companies from every trade, and that’s important.”
Already, thanks to SBTi, the likelihood of recovering the world from climate change is entirely impressive. Above 1,700 companies from about 60 countries out of 50 different sectors. This is what affects the SBTi statistics. Targets have seemingly been able to reduce the combination of emissions by 25% since about 2015. Similarly, energy and industrial processes increasing by about 3.4 % over a similar period.
So far, truckers would have to assume that they need to keep their emissions out by way of 1.5 degrees Celsius. It could very well prevent the worst of climate change.
Beginning July 15th, 2022, the SBTi will only accept emission-reduction targets along with 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The thing about trucks is that they only put out carbon. Any carbon offset will be less than useful. And there’s no real practicality in general. So it amost seems ridiculous but we basically might have to resort to electric alternatives before long, most certainly.