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Leveraging Digital Freight Networks to Reduce Emissions

January 22, 2024

Optimizing the movement of goods through information and communications technology (ICT) can help achieve substantial emissions reductions from freight transportation. This brief focuses on ways digital freight networks—a form of ICT—can improve trucking efficiency and reduce miles driven. Digital freight networks pool data from carriers and shippers and match shipments to trucks. This allows shippers, carriers, and freight brokers to coordinate shipments in a way that can save energy and reduce emissions. This brief—informed by interviews with 18 freight industry professionals—explores how industry stakeholders can play a role in guiding this technology to support national climate goals.

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Freight Transportation System Efficiency Energy Efficiency and Climate Change
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