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Green Logistics by Michael Browne, Anthony Whiteing, Sharon Cullinane, Alan McKinnon

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Increasing fuel efficiency in the road freight sector

Alan McKinnon

INTRODUCTION

The environmental impact of freight transport is closely related to the amount of energy consumed. This link is particularly close in the case of carbon dioxide emissions, with one litre of diesel fuel emitting 2.63 kg of the gas. It has weakened, however, in the case of other noxious gases as a result of the tightening of vehicle emission standards (relating to pollutants such as nitrous oxide and particulates), the removal of sulphur from fuel and the switch to cleaner, alternative fuels. The desire to cut exhaust emissions, nevertheless, continues to offer ...

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