Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Heavy-Duty Trucks through Eco-Driving

A typical commercial truck in the United States consumes over 20,000 gallons of fuel each year, producing a large amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the process. A significant portion of fuel consumed by trucks is wasted due to inefficient vehicle operation. One low-hanging strategy that can improve fuel efficiency and reduce GHG emissions from trucking operations is eco-driving. A truck eco-driving program encourages or incentivizes truck drivers to embrace fuel-efficient vehicle operation and maintenance practices.

This policy brief summarizes findings from a research report that examines the fuel-savings and GHG emissions impacts of various eco-driving practices.