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P3.2: Transportation Modes

Companies will review logistics to prioritize low-impact transportation modes.
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Driving Fuel Efficiency

The U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and GHG vehicle emissions standards are continuing to drive product innovation for auto companies and their suppliers. Citi Investment Research in collaboration with Ceres and other experts has been analyzing the economic impacts of the development of fuel economy/GHG emission standards on the industry for a number of years.  Read more...

Check out Roadmap in Action for more examples of how companies are implementing the Ceres Roadmap.

Creating a sustainable transportation network requires that a company focus on the architecture of the network, including tracking and minimizing distances travelled, adopting low-carbon transportation modes and fuel sources and setting long-term, quantitative reduction targets.  Carbon emissions can be directly reduced by switching to alternative vehicle technologies. Possibilities include flexible fuel vehicles using advanced biofuels, vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, electric vehicles using stored electricity produced from renewable sources, and plug-in hybrids. Companies should also support local, regional and national policies that prioritize development of lower-carbon transportation alternatives, such as higher standards for fuel efficiency and broader use of low carbon fuels.


In the The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on The Ceres Roadmap For Sustainability, we evaluated 600 of the largest U.S. companies on their progress towards meeting the expectations laid forth in the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability using data compiled and analyzed by Sustainalytics.

For this first report it was not possible to capture all of the data required to fully assess all of The Ceres Roadmap expectations.  For some Ceres Roadmap expectations, companies are not yet disclosing the information needed to assess their progress and in other cases, we did not have access to the type of data needed to adequately assess corporate progress.

We will be looking at additional indicators in the future to capture the meaning of the expectations more completely and will develop new indicators to capture data as it is more readily disclosed by companies.