Elena Craft

Environmental Defense Fund

Senior Director, Climate and Health

Areas of expertise: Climate change, air quality, ports, transportation

Dr. Craft’s expertise is on air toxics issues, focusing specifically on reducing criteria and greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and transportation sectors. She has worked to reduce emissions especially around port areas and environmental justice communities. She has also worked to reduce toxins used in shale gas drilling practices such as hydraulic fracturing. She has been an integral strategist in designing and initiating comprehensive clean air measures, as well as in developing standards to measure environmental performance. Her efforts have led to the creation of clean truck programs in Houston and other ports around the Southeast. Dr. Craft has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the Environmental Protection Agency’s SAB Environmental Justice Technical Review Panel, and the University of Texas School of Public Health recognized her as an adjunct assistant professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences.

She is also involved in innovative projects to increase efficiency from goods movement operations. Her strategy in securing emission reductions includes the development of strategic partnerships with retailers and other stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of incorporating clean air and efficiency improvements into a sustainable business model. Dr. Craft advocates for policies that increase energy efficiency, reduce exposure to toxic compounds and improve human health.

Sessions With Elena Craft

Thursday, 24 February

  • 02:25pm - 02:55pm (PST) / 24/feb/2022 10:25 pm - 24/feb/2022 10:55 pm

    Can Technology Help the Industry Realign Its Carbon Footprint?

    Decarbonization mandates are coming for parties in the global logistics industry, whether self-imposed or developed by governmental agencies. The question now is how the industry will respond. Do the tools exist to measure and then reduce the impact of the global goods movement? The answer likely lies in tackling the problem on a granular level. In a highly fragmented industry, each party has only so much power to affect the massive change required to get shipping toward net-zero carbon emissions. Technology is clearly a major part of the puzzle, whether standalone solutions that shippers, 3PLs, and carriers can use or data-oriented solutions that plug into systems those entities already use to procure and manage freight transportation. This session will explore the challenge that lies ahead of the industry, the technologies that exist to help tackle the problem, and the role 3PLs can play in helping shippers and asset-based carriers reduce emissions