Carbon Footprint

As the world emits more carbon dioxide, road tankers can be better optimized.

Global Carbon Emissions from Fossil-fuels 1900-2011
Global Carbon Emissions from Fossil-fuels 1900-2011

Source: Boden, T.A., Marland, G., and Andres R.J. (2015). Global, Regional, and National Fossil-Fuel CO2 Emissions. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, doi 10.3334/CDIAC/00001_V2015.

Trucking market research indicates that the US is operating some 1 500 000 truck and trailer combinations, of which around 11.0 % or 164 000* are road tanker combinations.

Many of these 164 000 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