ELD Changes Impact More Than Just the Trucking Industry

A Little Whimsy: How Truckers Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

With 6.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States being produced by heavy-duty freight transportation, CO2 reduction is a serious goal for the industry. Our battery-powered semi trailer mover is easy on the environment with no sacrifice of power and efficiency.

The promise of electric semis from Tesla, Nikola and other manufacturers is still beyond the horizon, but there is literally a green option truckers can implement to significantly reduce their carbon footprint.

How Big Is a Trucker’s Carbon Footprint?

According to the U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA), each gallon of diesel fuel burned by heavy-duty trucks releases 22.4 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. At an average distance per haul of 450 miles, which consumes 64 gallons of diesel, total CO2 emissions amount to 1,442 pounds.

When you consider that for-hire truckers transport an average of 217 loads each year, the number for each works out to 312,914 pounds of CO2. How can this amount be offset?

Investing in a Cleaner Environment

A tree can actually absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon per year. Planting 6,519 trees equals a 100 percent offset of a truck’s annual emissions. While that number may sound intimidating, a single tree can cost as little as a dime, resulting in a total cost of only $651.90 or $0.006 per mile.

Another option is purchase of carbon offsets, which are credits used to finance carbon absorption projects. Full coverage via carbon offsets would cost approximately $1,420 or $0.013 per mile.

Eco-Friendly Solutions from DJ Products

Our battery-powered semi trailer mover is safe for the environment as well as your workers. Use the handy chat feature on our website to learn more about the benefits of our Electric Yard Dog.