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Future of Fuels

A vision of commercial road freight fueled by low-carbon sustainable technology

Future of Fuels Overview


Commercial freight transportation is at the cusp of a transition. Energy supply is changing with new fuels entering the market, increased cost volatility, and questions about the impacts of fuel. Yet low-carbon energy for commercial freight is in short supply and technological barriers to their adoption are daunting. Furthermore, mixed and competing claims obscure clarity on the sustainability of fuel choices. Credible, fuel-neutral analysis and solutions are needed to drive transition sustainably.


Our mission is to build demand and promote adoption of clean energy technology for trucking. We focus the efforts of leaders across the value chain to identify common challenges and foster progress on sustainable energy sources for vehicles with technology-neutral solutions including insights, tools, and events.

Our Accomplishments

How We Work

  • Development and use of Fuel Sustainability Tool
  • Development of Case Studies
  • Support for Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles
  • Three in-person meetings per year
  • Quarterly member calls

Why Join?

We are a business-to-business initiative working with our member companies to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon fuels. Our members:

  1. Network and engage with peers to share best practices and address common challenges
  2. Collaborate with value chain partners to increase availability, and facilitate uptake of sustainable fuels
  3. Empower corporate teams to identify and evaluate viable alternative fuel options 


Future of Fuels Sustainable Development Goals Alignment

SDG icon, Goal 7: Affordable Clean Energy
SDG icon, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG icon, Goal 13: Climate Action


Future of Fuels Case Study Library

The global freight system is in transformation. Buyers, regulators, and the public want freight that is simultaneously more economical, more flexible, and more sustainable. To meet joint objectives of economic growth and emissions reductions, operators will need to leverage a diverse, often confusing, set of existing and emerging solutions.

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Fuel Sustainability Tool

Version 1.2.1

Today, more people are expecting vehicles and fleets to run on cleaner, more sustainable fuels—but which fuels are clean? And what makes them sustainable? Our Fuel Sustainability Tool simplifies sustainability for fleet owners and provides credible, comparable data for fleet planning and fuel purchasing.

  • Version 1, May 2016: Initial release to the public.
  • Version 1.2, July 2018: Fuel scope increase and 2016 data update.
  • Version 1.2.1, August 2018: Technical Working Group member list update.

Register below to download the Fuel Tool (Excel format) and Reference documentation.


Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles

To meet joint objectives of economic growth and emissions reductions, operators will need to leverage a diverse, often confusing, set of existing and emerging solutions. These Principles provide a robust framework to catalyze lasting change to the road freight fuel system.

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Future of Fuels Companies

  •, Inc.
  • Chevron
  • Comcast
  • Cummins
  • Danone
  • Neste Corporation
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Renewable Energy Group
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS)
  • U.S. Gain
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • AB InBev
  •, Inc.
  • The Anderson-DuBose Company
  • Armada
  • EARP Distribution
  • Golden State Foods
  • HAVI
  • Heineken N.V.
  • HP Inc.
  • IKEA Group
  • The Martin Brower Company
  • McDonald's
  • Mile Hi Foods
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Ruan
  • T/C Distribution
  • United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS)
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Meet the Team for Future of Fuels

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Our Insights on Future of Fuels

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Accelerating the Adoption of Clean Fuels: Leading Road Fleets Share Data

Today, Future of Fuels is releasing a case study library that will, for the first time, allow fleet owners to compare clean fuel technologies independently tested and rated by peer companies.

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The Future Looks Clean: New Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles

This new set of principles from our Future of Fuels initiative provides a robust framework for the road freight system to accelerate the transition to low-carbon, sustainable fuels.

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Future of Fuels Sustainability Briefs

BSR’s Future of Fuels helps companies understand the impacts of commercial transportation fuel and how they can work together to create a system that is sustainable, resilient, and affordable.

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Transitioning to Low-Carbon Fuel: A Business Guide for Sustainable Trucking in North America

BSR's Future of Fuels initiative has produced a guide that outlines strategies for companies to accelerate the transition to climate-friendly fuels while improving the sustainability impacts of all fuels.

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