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Transportation sector lagging in carbon reduction efforts

December 04, 2019 / Emma Cosgrove

The transportation sector lags other economic sectors in setting science-based targets for carbon emissions reduction according to new data from the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) released Wednesday at the COP 25 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Spain. Transportation companies fall short of the "critical mass" (defined as 20% of firms in a given industry) that could bring about widespread adoption of such efforts, according to SBTi. Within major freight modes, maritime transport is the closest to reaching critical mass at just above 10% adoption. Rail and logistics are below 10% adoption. Heavy-duty road transport has made no progress.