- w:Ship (high sulphur / low sulphur diesel), (ocean or inland) Identified by w:IMO number or ship name
- w:Train (electricity or diesel)
- Lorry (diesel or biofuel)
- Truck (diesel or biofuel)
- Van (diesel or biofuel)
- Car (fuel, diesel, biofuel, natural gas, solar or electricity)
- Airplane (kerosine, biokerosine mix)
- Animal (produce)
- Human (produce, animal)
- Sail (wind)
Ecologicality of modes of transport
Sea vessels are basically very ecological even if the transported distance goes into the thousands or tens of thousands of km.
Rail traffic is practically free, at least for heavy cargo, to operate once the huge investment of building a rail network is done.
Trucks consume a lot of fuel, especially for heavy things. Studies have found that the larger the truck is, relatively it consumes more energy.
Airplane is the most unecological way to transport things as the CO2 footprint is very high for aircargo.
Work that needs to be done re Consumium
What we need to find to figure out the transportation costs are:
- Usage of fuel/kg/km transported for all transport types
- Database of distances between places. I'm sure the logistics companies have this information, but are they going to give it to us if we ask is a different question. So if you know of any open content sources to get road/railroad/ship/airtravel distances between places it would be most welcome. We could approach this by finding these distances coutry-by-country and then linking countries together using UN/LOCODE bordercrossing points as nodes to tie the countries networks together.