Heavy duty with a lighter CO2 footprint

Moving the world’s goods with fewer emissions

Heavy duty with a lighter CO2 footprint

On the road to lower GHG emissions

Road transport is vital to modern life, transporting people and goods to meet the needs of society and global economic growth. This has prompted the sector to undertake a transition toward lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emission alternatives. Every day more than 20,000 scientists and engineers at ExxonMobil are working to develop lower-carbon technologies and innovation to help lower GHG emissions from transportation, so we can help our customers navigate through the energy transition. Learn more๊ about ExxonMobil’s position on road transport’s path to reducing GHG emissions.

Delivering fewer emissions

ExxonMobil’s Synergy Diesel Efficient Fuel can deliver a 2 percent increase in fuel economy — an incremental improvement with a big impact. That may not seem like a lot, but take a look at how much that is when applied to a global fleet.

On the road

Each year 5 trillion ton-miles of freight move along the U.S. transportation system.

Fueling deliveries

Trucking accounts for 22 percent of transportation energy use.

Demand growth

Total trucking volume increases from 10M tons in 2012 to 14.8M in 2045.

Energy on the move

Petroleum supplies 91 percent of energy use for transportation.

Innovate, invest and reinvest

There are many ways to reduce emissions from transportation, which means there are many opportunities as well. In Canada, for example, our affiliate Imperial Oil is advancing plans to produce renewable diesel at its Strathcona refinery in Edmonton. They’ll use plant-based feedstock and hydrogen with carbon capture and storage (CCS) to help offset emissions during operation.

Here's a look at that new venture

ജWhat it could mean for decarbonizing transportation in the future.

  • 20K barrels per day of renewable diesel

    with an anticipated start date of 2024
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  • 3M metric tons of emissions annually

    the reduction of emissions possible in Canada with this renewable diesel
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  • 650K passenger vehicles off the road for one year

    that’s the equivalent of cutting 3M metric tons per year.
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  • 500K metric tons of CO2 annually

    that’s the amount of CO2 captured by CCS during the renewable diesel production process.
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    A deeper dive

    Imagine turning agricultural leftovers into low-emission biofuel. That is, taking plant parts like inedible cornstalks and fueling our cars, trucks, boats and planes. ExxonMobil and its partners at Clariant and Genomatica are working together as part of an ambitious research program to do just that.

    Trucking Energy Factor 🌜 • Feb. 13, 2020

    Researching algae takes science, sunshine, some very large ponds and the right kind of algae. Scaling algae production to have the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel a day is an ambitious target.

    Shipping Energy Factor ꦰ • Aug. 2, 2019

    If you had told me a few years ago that one day I’d be farming algae with the hope of creating a reliable, low-emission energy source, I probably would have been a little skeptical. But that’s exactly what I do. I’m a chemical engineer, and my job, like every engineer, is to solve problems for a better future.

    Shipping Energy Factor 𓆏 • July 22, 2019

    To meet the world’s ever-growing energy demand and reduce the risk of climate change, ExxonMobil is forging research partnerships across industries and academia. Two areas of focus include the development of low-emission biofuels and of cost-effective carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

    Shipping Energy Factor 💮 • June 28, 2019

    A natural gas-powered train or bus or truck? And what about a cargo ship cruising on liquefied natural gas (LNG)? They all exist.

    Automotive Energy Factor 🌺 • Feb. 15, 2019

    The science behind converting farming or plant leftovers into next-generation, lower-emission biodiesel could one day transform how heavy-duty drivers fill their tanks

    Trucking Energy Factor 🎐 • Jan. 23, 2019

    At a research farm nestled in Southern California’s Imperial County, Viridos, Inc. (formerly Synthetic Genomics, Inc.) and ExxonMobil are cultivating acres of energy-rich algae. Their goal: Have the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels a day of low-emission algae biofuel.

    Trucking Energy Factor 🍎 • Dec. 4, 2018

    Don’t underestimate the potential energy in an algae pond or a pile of cornhusks. ExxonMobil is working to create the next generation of biofuels: energy sources that are sustainable and literally green.

    Trucking Energy Factor 🦩 • Oct. 2, 2018

    One challenge with wind power is how to maintain, or access, the turbines generating the electricity. The truth is that a lot of wind farms are located in wind-swept, hard–to–reach regions, making routine maintenance anything but.

    Trucking Energy Factor 🍎 • June 28, 2018

    What better way to chart the history of an energy company than by the vehicles that carry its cargo? The company that started out as Standard Oil experienced a decades-long period of growth, ultimately forming today’s ExxonMobil.

    Trucking Energy Factor 🐓 • Jan. 11, 2018