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The discussion around climate change and carbon emissions has been heating up in recent years – and it’s no secret that the logistics industry is a leading contributor. Transportation alone accounts for 28% of emissions in the U.S. with medium- and heavy-duty trucks contributing 23% of that.

At the enterprise level, U.S. Xpress has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 60% over the next decade – with direct help from Xpress Technologies’ proprietary load matching capabilities to optimize routes and mitigate deadhead. The Xpress Technologies platform uses proprietary load matching capabilities to connect drivers with nearby freight and recommend loads, meaning they’re spending less time looking and traveling to get freight and more time earning while they drive. Inefficient routes cause a lot of waste in the industry: wasted time, wasted fuel, and wasted money.

Leading experts from the EPA estimate that freight activity will continue to grow,  doubling by 2040. With an increase in activity, it’s every company’s responsibility to ensure they are doing their part to take care of the world we live in. We can do this by looking backward at our supply chain, working with shippers and carriers who value sustainable practices, and helping carriers ensure their trucks are running as efficiently as possible.

The Xpress Technologies app, helps drivers locate freight near their current or planned locations – meaning there’s less waiting and driving around without freight. Over the past five years, the average number of empty miles driven has reduced – saving thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Maintaining your truck is important for ensuring it runs at an optimal level. Actions as simple as keeping tires properly inflated can help improve gas mileage by up to 3%. On average, owner-operators spend between $50,000 and $70,000 on fuel each year – ensuring your truck is running at peak performance can lead to massive savings.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the transportation sector is responsible for:

  • Over 50% of NOx total emissions inventory in the U.S.
  • Over 30% of VOCs emissions in the U.S.
  • Over 20% of PM emissions in the U.S.

Within transportation, heavy-duty trucks are the fastest-growing contributor to emissions. Optimizing routes to prevent deadhead is one way to reduce the impact on our environment. By planning routes out, drivers and fleet managers can ensure their trucks are continuously delivering freight.