ATRI Releases Synthesis of Carbon Accounting Tools

Jun 16, 2010, 16:52 ET from American Transportation Research Institute

ARLINGTON, Va., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its analysis of greenhouse gas reporting tools and emissions models.  The report highlights the efficacy and applicability of the models to trucking industry operations.  

Addressing greenhouse gas emissions is an emerging issue as the public and private sectors seek to quantify the carbon footprint associated with supply chains.  In response, there is growing pressure on motor carriers to quantify greenhouse gas emissions.

''This research is critical for motor carriers seeking to identify potential sources of greenhouse gas emissions within their operations.  ATRI's study also highlights the need for industry involvement in standardizing approaches for carbon accounting," said Mike Naatz, President – Customer Care Division and Chief Customer Officer for YRC Worldwide.  Mr. Naatz is a member of the ATRI Research Advisory Committee which identified this research priority.

ATRI's research identified both U.S. and international reporting tools and methodologies.  Among the key findings were differences in the weighting of model inputs which in turn impact the reported level of emissions.

A copy of the report can be found at

ATRI is the trucking industry's 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

SOURCE American Transportation Research Institute