As the world emits more carbon dioxide, road tankers can be better optimized.Global Carbon Emissions from Fossil-fuels 1900-2011
Trucking market research indicates that the US operated some 1 501 000 truck and trailer combinations in 2013, of which 10.9 % or 163 670* were road tanker combinations.
Many of these 163 670 road tankers in the food-grade and chemical sectors undergo tank cleaning at the end of a transport leg; and then go on to do two-way hauls.
As such they are fully optimized.
But then many road tankers cannot practically be used for other products. Examples of these would be strong acids; strong alkalis; toxic chemicals.
And then some food-grade haulers prefer to dedicate tankers to one product, rather than risk contamination of their customer’s product.
Then other road tankers may well be suitable for return loads – like many aluminium bridging tankers in the petroleum industry – but operate in regions where there are simply no suitable ‘return haul’ traffic.
This is where ReturnHauler tankers have application, to allow transporters to do the return hauls of dry freight, to fully optimize their operations, and by so doing have a better carbon footprint.
*2014 NTTC (National Truck Tank Carriers) Industry Market Analysis