We are used to talking about on-board scales and their positive effect on your bottom line. Air-Weigh scales increase your company’s profitability and efficiency, but have you thought of them decreasing your carbon footprint? When purchasing Air-Weigh scales, your ROI goes beyond seeing credits on a balance sheet; the environment benefits as well.
The environmental impact of the trucking industry is significant. Coming in at 57%, heavy-duty trucks account for the dominant share of all logistics-related greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions have significant potential to harm human health and the environment, and reductions of these pollutants are important in protecting public health (The Green Freight Handbook). Using a simple equation, you can calculate how much CO2 your truck is really emitting.
Finding emissions for a truck that has traveled 1,000 miles with 20 short tons of cargo –
Step 1: Multiply 1,000 miles times 20 tons, which gives us a total of 20,000 ton-miles
Step 2: Get the weight-based truck emissions factor for a freight truck. The average freight truck in the U.S. emits 161.8 grams of CO2 per ton-mile.
Step 3: Multiply this emissions factor with the total ton-miles (161.8 x 20,000), which gives us a total of 3,236,000 grams of CO2
Step 4: Convert the total grams into metric tons. Take 3,236,000 and divide it by 1,000,000, and that will give you 3.24 metric tons of CO2 for this one move.
Eliminating unnecessary out-of-route miles where you can will slowly move the needle towards decreasing your carbon footprint. Achieving both operational and environmental gains is the goal, and Air-Weigh scales get you one step closer to achieving that goal in one application. By removing the need to use public weigh scales, Air-Weigh scales help you decrease greenhouse gas emissions, increase your fuel economy, and save you precious time.
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Green Freight Handbook http://business.edf.org/files/2014/07/EDF-Green-Freight-Handbook.pdf