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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: US Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Transportation Sector by Source



Emissions from Cars Dwarfs those from Freight Trucks


May 26, 2022


According to the EPA, the transportation sector generated about 27% of US greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, the largest single source, just ahead of electricity generation at 25%.


But within transportation, how are the sources broken out?


A new report on electric trucks from the American Transportato Research Institute (ATRI) included a graphic (based on 2019 data) that answers that question, as shown below:



As can be seen, cars and light trucks together are overwhelming the top source, at 58%, well ahead of freight trucks, at 24%.


Rail generates just 2% of tranportation sector emissions.     


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