National freight sustainability summit begins Thursday

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The major contributions transportation and goods movement provides to the U.S. economy, the labor market and sustainability will be a primary focus of this week’s national freight sustainability summit in Washington, D.C. “The U.S. Freight Sustainability Summit: Growing the Economy, Protecting the Environment and Improving Energy Efficiency” is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The Diesel Technology Forum is sponsoring the event along with other organizations and companies like Navistar and summit co-hosts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the Environmental Defense Fund, the American Trucking Associations and the Retail Leaders Industry Association.

“We are pleased to have worked with EPA and other industry partners on this national freight summit that will include officials ranging from federal and state transportation and environmental agencies to representatives from the freight and economic sectors of the U.S.,” says Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “Diesel is the prime mover of virtually every mode of freight transportation today, and its transformation to a new low-emissions technology makes it a key technology for sustainable goods movement in the future.”

Schaeffer also will participate as a panelist on the “Building an Efficient, Competitive and Environmentally Sustainable Freight Supply Chain in North America” forum Thursday afternoon.