Tailor Program to Freight and In-Country Conditions

There are many approaches that policymakers may pursue to improve the efficiency of freight transportation in their country or region. For example, planning and investing in transportation systems, infrastructure, and maintenance have significant potential to improve freight efficiency, increase equipment durability, and lower freight costs. In addition, regulatory measures, such as establishing vehicle emissions and fuels standards, also may have obvious impacts on the environmental performance of the vehicles and engines that move and handle freight.

Green freight programs are another tool to consider that may complement or operate independently from investments in infrastructure and establishing standards and regulations. As you assess the freight industry in your country and determine how best to address challenges and leverage opportunities, be mindful of what a green freight program can and cannot accomplish and how it can complement other activities aimed at improving freight efficiency in your region.