Jason Mathers

Sr. Manager, Supply Chain Logistics,
Environmental Defense Fund
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Jason Mathers leads the Green Freight initiative for Environmental Defense Fund.  Under Jason’s guidance, EDF has worked with several of the nation’s largest shippers to identify and implement strategies that increase carbon efficiency in freight transportation. He is also a leading advocate for increasing fuel-efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from large trucks.

Jason is the author of Smart Moves: Creative Supply Chain Strategies Are Cutting Transport Costs and Emissions, and has given presentations at numerous conferences, including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Work Truck Show, and Society for Automotive Engineers.

Jason has a graduate degree in economics from Suffolk University and a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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Ensuring Natural Gas Trucks Deliver Climate Benefits

When it comes to their impact on climate change, the conventional case in favor of natural gas trucks misses the mark. It’s time to recognize that the environmental impact of these vehicles is more nuanced than generally discussed. By examining the full impact of natural gas as a truck fuel, we can focus efforts on improving the footprint of this fuel; enabling it to live up to its environmental potential.

Attractive Payback Period for the 11MPG Truck

With strong, long-term fuel efficiency standards in place, tractor-trailer trucks can cut fuel consumption in half in the 2025-2030 timeframe, using technologies that offer payback in less than 18 months.   This was the key finding of a pair of papers released last week.

Freight Infrastructure Benefits Too When Cutting Climate-warming Emissions

With new fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards expected to be proposed within the next two months, we’re looking at how these standards benefit the trucking industry, which is the source of 6% of U.S. climate warming emissions.

Breathing a little cleaner, thanks to advanced emissions controls

Kids are getting healthier because of reductions of harmful emissions from trucks. So are the rest of us, of course, but The New England Journal of Medicine recently published research that focused on improved lung function in children who breathe cleaner air.

Why do we need more efficient trucks, anyway?
The trucking industry has a right to ask – why do we need the current regulatory push towards more efficient trucks?
It’s Important to Look at How Fuel Gets to Your Engine

In the conversations and interactions that I have with fleet professionals, it’s clear that the industry has a clear appreciation for the importance of improving the environmental impact of their operations. Great efforts have been made to reduce the criteria emissions from diesel trucks. More recently, the industry has been a strong partner in supporting significant progressin fuel efficiency.

How 2014 Proved Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards are a Good Thing

Truck fuel efficiency standards became a reality in 2014, and – in a good news story - the statistics show that they immediately began to be embraced by the people who buy trucks.

Environmental Sustainability: Burden or Opportunity for Trucking?

Trucks are much cleaner than when I was a kid. As a parent now, I think that is very good news. Compared to a 1988 truck, new trucks have 95% fewer emissions of diesel particulate matter, which leads to asthma and respiratory illness, and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which form ozone.

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