We work with the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to promote eco-driving practices in Latin America and improve the sustainability of the freight sector.
(Programme concluded and no longer supported by the Trafigura Foundation)
Experts predict that international freight transport volumes will quadruple by 2050. The exponential growth of freight activities represents an unprecedented challenge that raises urgent questions about climate issues and the health of populations impacted by logistics activities. The problem is particularly acute in Latin America, one of the most urbanised regions of the world.
The Trafigura Foundation is supporting independent non-profit organisation ICCT in the design and implementation of a truck eco-driving pilot project in Latin America. By diffusing eco-driving practices among truck drivers ICCT aims to increase the sustainability of the freight sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate air pollution’s effects on human health and increase the economic competitiveness of logistics activities.
In the first phase of the project, the organisation carried out a research on international best practices for truck eco-driving and adapted them to the Latin American context. This initial evaluation has been conducted through a series of interviews to understand stakeholders’ motivations, opportunities, barriers and institutional arrangements. It includeed Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, which are countries that demonstrated interest in greening their national freight sector.
After the evaluation, ICCT implemented a truck eco-driving pilot project in Brazil, in partnership with the local government. Truck drivers have been trained to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize maintenance expenditures. Programme benefits also included a better trained workforce, lower logistics costs, better fleet management as well as more sophisticated training materials, delivery strategies and programme monitoring methods.
Ultimately, the project will lead to more transparent and reliable data on real-world fuel efficiency, enabling better regulatory policies and helping to reduce the transport sector’s emissions.