Is There Progress towards Environmental Sustainability among Road Haulage Companies?

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Abstract

Road freight transport contributes to a significant and growing share of greenhouse gas emissions. This study analyses the development of environmental practices and awareness of road freight hauliers and whether hauliers witness an interest from their shippers towards energy efficiency. Results of an original survey (N = 256) conducted in 2019 among Finnish hauliers are presented and compared with those from a similar survey completed in 2011 (N = 295). The results highlight the lack of improvement in hauliers’ environmental practices during a decade when ambitious climate goals were set. Even though hauliers share the view that emissions from road freight transport must be reduced in future, their environmental practices did not change much during the 2010s. The hauliers rarely perceive an interest from their shippers towards energy efficiency. The results show that hauliers should be supported and encouraged to pursue more environmentally aware practices. Shippers in the supply chain should be a driver, not an obstacle, to increasing road hauliers’ sustainability. There should be more communication between hauliers and supply chain actors, and environmental sustainability should gain more importance when selecting carriers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5845
Number of pages16
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • road freight
  • road haulage
  • road haulage company
  • road haulier
  • road freight transport company
  • environment
  • emissions
  • sustainability
  • survey

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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