4Q 2020

Climate Action Plans Driving Logistics Decarbonization

Corporations are responding to consumer and employee demands for more sustainable products and services with ambitious targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. At the same time, zero emissions solutions in transportation are becoming more viable: EVs powered by renewables are poised to take over urban delivery markets and passenger transport, and fuel cell and battery electric truck makers are preparing solutions for long-haul trucking. A variety of other zero-emissions, low carbon, and even negative-emissions solutions are also emerging.

As such, logistics suppliers should expect corporate clients to push strongly for decarbonization. Leading suppliers are expected to find innovative ways to deploy and use low carbon and zero-emissions technologies to meet these new client demands. Slower-to-act suppliers risk losing business to the innovative suppliers or to more emissions-efficient modes, such as rail.

This Guidehouse Insights report covers the corporate trend toward climate action planning and the many ways in which logistics suppliers can respond to client demands. The report includes an assessment of methods for switching to non-diesel fuels, an evaluation of the fuels and vehicles best positioned for the switch, and recommendations for identifying emissions-savings opportunities with legacy vehicles and infrastructure.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 9
  • Why are corporations adopting climate action plans?
  • What other non-road-decarbonization options do corporations have?
  • What technologies can produce zero emissions?
  • What zero-emissions technologies are most viable?
  • How can legacy vehicles and infrastructure emissions be reduced?
  • How can logistics providers best position themselves for client decarbonization demands?
  • Commercial goods vehicle producers
  • Logistics fleet operators
  • Fuel producers
  • Fashion/apparel suppliers
  • Food distributors
  • Investor community




Consumers, Employees, and Investors Are Sensitive to Climate Change

Corporations Are Setting Targets Ahead of Regulations

As a Climate Action, Road Logistics Decarbonization Is Hot

It Is Time to Plan for Zero-Emissions Fuel

Expect Strong Technological Innovation for EVs in Most Fleet Use Cases

Fuel Cell Trucks Are Coming

Zero Emissions with Conventional ICEs Is Prohibitively Inefficient

Bio-LNG Semi-Truck Potential Is Significant, So Too Are the Challenges

Momentum for BEVs Is Likely to Spill Over to Semi-Trucks

Innovative Pilots Open the Door for Productive Collaborations

The Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions Project

Legacy Fleet Has Significant Potential for Emissions Reductions

Waste Streams Can Be a Significant Source for Emissions Reductions

McDonald’s Cooking Oil to Renewable Diesel

Switching to Rail Produces Immediate, Significant Reductions

Volvo Cars


Connectivity and Drive Automation Enable Emissions Improvements

It Is Time to Implement and Track Decarbonization Activities

Increase Visibility of Logistics Operation Data

Scan for Low Carbon Fuels and Feedstocks Along the Supply Chain

Prepare to Electrify

Think Incrementally, Use Pilots, and Attract Innovation Funding

Get Corporate Client Buy-In

  • Climate Change Concern Increase of Select Countries
  • Energy and Industrial Process CO2 Emissions and Reduction Levers in World Energy Outlook 2020 Scenarios: 2015-2030
  • Readiness of Zero-Emissions EV Technology Stack
  • Readiness of Zero-Emissions FCV Technology Stack
  • Readiness of Zero-Emissions Bio-LNG Technology Stack
  • LIGHTS Project Vehicle Deployments Including Semi-Trucks and Forklifts
  • 2019 Volume-Weighted Average Carbon Intensity by Fuel Type for Liquid Fuels
  • Circular Economy Partnership
  • Carbon Intensity Values of Current Certified Pathways: 2020
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