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Freight Efficiency Council Launches New Venture

John Sommers II for TT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The North American Council for Freight Efficiency announced it has joined with the Carbon War Room to create the “Trucking Efficiency” program.

The nonprofit NACFE provides unbiased research for the transportation industry, Executive Director Mike Roeth said during a March 9 press conference here. The nonprofit Carbon War Room, founded by Richard Branson, works to accelerate the adoption of business products that reduce carbon emissions.

Together, they will work to raise funds and awareness of products that can benefit transport firms and the environment.

NACFE produces “confidence reports” on products such as tire pressure systems, fuel-efficiency products, idle reduction systems and axles. It tries to help determine payback times and alert fleets to potential pitfalls with emerging technologies.

The collaboration is complementary to the Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary partnership, Roeth said.

“But the government can only do certain things, while nonprofits can do additional things” he said, including more easily obtaining critical data from fleets and OEMs.

“New technologies are dramatically helping us wean our dependency on carbon-based fuel sources in a profitable way,” Carbon War Room President José María Figueres said in a statement.

“This collaboration in the trucking sector will build on our successful earlier work in shipping, aviation, energy efficiency in buildings and island economies where the strengths of the War Room bring together key players and facilitate dialogue and action,” said Figueres, a former president of Costa Rica.

By Neil Abt
Managing Editor

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