Movin'On, the World Summit on Sustainable Mobility that took place in Montreal between May 30 and June 1, hosted a working session on sustainable road freight transportation that was a chance for Total to bring together stakeholders, experts, partners and other interested attendees.
The topic of discussion was the best solutions that could be deployed in the near future. Freight trucking is a buoyant market in which corporate social responsibility issues remain a top priority.
"At your door, as soon as you order:" it could almost be the slogan — the promise even — of B2C (business-to-consumer) e-commerce, which is growing by leaps and bounds each year.
The sector posted global revenues of $1.915 billion in 2016, a jump of 24 percent from 2015, and comprised 8.7 percent of all retail sales worldwide that year, up from 7.4 percent a year earlier. eMarketer has estimated that global online sales will reach $2.860 billion in 2018 and $4.058 billion in 2020.
Growth this rapid has a direct impact on the logistics service providers that ship freight across national borders. They are under pressure to deliver packages ever faster, more reliably and more cost competitively. But that's not the end of the story. U.S. market research vendor Research and Markets has predicted that the global logistics market for e-commerce will see its annual growth soar by 19.5 percent between 2017 and 2025.
And, of course, the volume of international e-commerce freight has direct environmental impacts, in terms of both pollutants and carbon emissions. Globally, the transportation industry taken as a whole generates 23 percent1 of all carbon emissions. Road shipment of freight accounts for 35 percent2 of transportation-related emissions, with the remainder split among ocean shipping (more than 80 percent of global freight3 ), air, inland waterway, rail and passenger car miles.