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The Clean Freight Coalition  is an alliance of truck transportation stakeholders committed to a clean energy future for America’s trucking industry. 

Participating associations span motor carriers of every size and sector, truck dealers, truckstop operators, and equipment manufacturers – forming the linchpin of the U.S. supply chain.


Our Mission:

• Educate policy makers on the incredible progress the trucking industry has made in reducing emissions and protecting the environment.

• Promote the work underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from freight transportation.

• Advocate for sound public policies that transition toward a zero-emission future in a manner that assures affordable and reliable freight transportation and protects the nation's supply chain.


CFC Members:

• American Bus Association 
American Trucking Associations
• American Truck Dealers, a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association
 National Association of Truck Stop Operators
 National Motor Freight Traffic Association 
 National Private Truck Council 
 National Tank Truck Carriers ⧉
• Truckload Carriers Association



As the trucking industry's essential role in the economy continues to grow, our environmental footprint continues to shrink. 


Truck engines manufactured today emit 98% less nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) than those built thirty-five years ago. In fact, 60 of today's trucks emit what just one truck emitted in 1988. 


Since 2006, the industry has eliminated virtually all sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions.


We worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation on Phase 1 (2011) and Phase 2 (2016) regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, which stand to cut CO2 emissions by 1.37 billion metric tons and reduce oil consumption by over 2.5 billion barrels.


In partnership with EPA, we created the voluntary SmartWay program in 2004, further cutting CO2 emissions by 152 million metric tons and saving 357 million barrels of oil—the equivalent of annual electricity use in 23 million homes.




It is not a question of if we get to zero emissions, but when.

The transition away from carbon based fuels must be a careful process. Success depends on cost parity, the right market incentives, necessary infrastructure, and access to a wide array of scarce natural resources. 

This requires clear, national standards that:

 Are technology neutral;
 Empower innovation; and
• Enable industry to plan and invest.

 We need government policies and programs that:

 Provide sufficient leadtime; 
 Create regulatory stability for consumers and manufacturers; and
•  Support necessary infrastructure development.


The American Transportation Research Institute

The American Transportation Research Institute

Charging Infrastructure Challenges for the U.S. Electric Vehicle Fleet

Full electrification of the U.S. vehicle fleet would require more than 40% of the country’s current electricity generation. Some states would need to generate as much as 60% more electricity than is presently produced.

U.S. Senate EPW Committee

U.S. Senate EPW Committee

The Future of Low Carbon Transportation Fuels

Congressional testimony from American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear on trucking's environmental record and the road to zero.

Clean Freight Coalition

Clean Freight Coalition

Commitment to Sustainability

Clean Freight Coaliton white paper detailing sustainability progress, emission reduction solutions and preparing for electrification.