Freight transport in Europe

Freight Transport in Europe

Road freight transport is the backbone of the European economy and essential to the integrated European logistics and transport system. Road transport is by far the most important mode of freight transport, and delivering goods across Europe in a fast, efficient, flexible and cost-effective way. Road transport is also set to increase over the coming decades: a conservative estimate projects a 30% increase in transport activity in the next 20 years1.

However, it is also a major source of emissions. Substantial progress has been made in reducing emissions but more solutions are needed to meet emissions reduction goals. According to a European Commission’s Impact Assessment2, the majority of heavy goods vehicles in 2030 will be diesel-powered. Neste MY Renewable Diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%* over the life cycle of the fuel compared to fossil diesel, today.

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Facts & figures

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Road transport accounts for 75.3% of total inland freight transport3
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There are 6.2 million medium and heavy commercial vehicles on the road in the EU4
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The average age of medium and heavy goods vehicles in the EU is 14 years5
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97% of the EU heavy goods vehicle fleet is diesel-powered6


Heavy goods vehicles are responsible for around one-quarter of CO2 emissions from the transport sector7
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Freight travels more than 1.7 trillion kms on the European roads8

Neste MY Renewable Diesel can reduce GHG emissions of all diesel-powered vehicles by up to 90%* over the life cycle of the fuel compared to fossil diesel.

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