T&E: ‘Truck emissions spike 94% during Black Friday week’

Truck transport is massively polluting, and the emissions from transporting retail goods spike 94% during Black Friday week. However, there is a ready-made solution in the form of zero-emission trucks, the European environmental lobbying group Transport and Environment (T&E) says.

Black Friday is notorious for peak consumerism and waste. Trucking retail goods is a dirty business, and that business booms massively around Black Friday, Luca Poggi, Data Analyst at T&E writes.

94% more CO2 emissions

T&E analyzed historical sales data to estimate the additional demand created by Black Friday. The organization discovered that during this year’s Black Friday week, 1,2 million tons of CO2 will be released in the air by trucks transporting our packages to warehouses and stores across Europe.

That’s almost 600 000 tons extra, a whopping 94% more than in an average week, or the equivalent of about 3 500 return flights from Paris to New York.

Progress is far too slow

Today, most trucks still run on polluting diesel, but there already are zero-emission trucks on the market. By 2035, virtually all new electric freight trucks will be cheaper to own and run than their diesel equivalents.

Some major truck buyers have already made the switch to zero-emission trucks, but, in general, progress toward emission-free freight transport is far too slow.

How ambitious?

EU regulators are preparing to step in by tightening climate targets for heavy-duty vehicles. The only question now is, how ambitious will the EU be to get to zero?

If the EU were to adopt a 2035 phase-out date, it would be possible to already achieve an 11% reduction in CO2 emissions from trucks by 2030 and a 48% reduction by 2035 (relative to 2022). That means Black Friday emissions from trucking would also be down over 10% already in 2030 and almost halved in 2035.

Allowing polluting trucks to be sold any later than 2035 would lead to many diesel rigs still being on our roads by mid-century.With all known consequences…

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