The rapid growth of the trucking industry plays a large role in the rise of transportation emissions worldwide. Research has shown that companies that switch to lightweight pallets (which weigh as much as 25 percent less than regular pallets) can significantly reduce fuel use, simultaneously cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across a whole fleet of vehicles.

A new VCS-approved methodology will facilitate these emission reductions. VM0020: Transport Energy Efficiency from Lightweight Pallets was developed by Axios Mobile Assets Corporation, with the support of PE International and Five Winds Strategic Consulting.

Projects may apply VM0020 if project vehicles are part of a vehicle fleet. In addition, the lightweight pallets must each have a unique ID for tracking across delivery routes.

The methodology was assessed by First Environment and Bureau Veritas as part of the VCS methodology approval process. All assessment reports and other documents are available on the VM0020 page of the VCS website.

VCS, Axios Mobile Assets Corporation, PE International and Five Winds Strategic Consulting, and First Environment hosted a webinar on 28 November to introduce interested stakeholders to the methodology. Watch the webinar

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