Sustainable distribution: Opportunities to improve vehicle loading

Alan McKinnon

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This article surveys opportunities to improve the utilization of road vehicles, including their potential economic and environmental benefits. Road transport's impacts on the environment can be reduced through increasing the share of freight moved in environmentally less damaging ways, increasing vehicle load factors, improving energy efficiency, and decreasing emissions per unit of energy consumed. An increase in vehicle load factors (the ratio of the weight of the goods carried to the maximum weight that could be carried) can help slow the growth of freight traffic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalIndustry and Environment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000


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