Friday, May 23, 2014

Freight Transport Association Releases Logistics Carbon Emissions Report

Industry On Target to Achieve Proposed Savings
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UK – The Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) is the body representing a multitude of stakeholders which form the freight supply chain and which has a target of reducing carbon emissions by 8% by 2015 against a 2010 baseline. Managed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the recent annual LCRS Cutting Carbon, Cutting Cost Conference saw the release of the ‘Logistics Carbon Review 2014’ which the FTA says indicates that the industry is on track to achieve this aim.

Following the latest collection of data, the report shows that the average tonnes of CO2 per LCRS member has reduced by 3.4% between 2011 and 2012. Projecting the reduction in emissions from 2010 also shows that the scheme is on track to meet its carbon reduction target in 2014, one year earlier than anticipated. Additionally during the last twelve months, the work of the LCRS has helped to shape Government policy on issues such as opportunities for gas HGVs and the upcoming introduction of Energy Audits for non-SMEs.

The LCRS currently has over 95 members accounting for over 70,000 commercial vehicles. The number of commercial vehicle operators providing scheme data continues to build over time as the LCRS grows in membership so it is not too late to join. The scheme is free of charge and all individual company data is kept confidential. The report also features case studies from Arla Foods UK, Howard Tenens, Turners (Soham) Ltd and UPS. These showcase the wide range of actions that operators can take to reduce fuel usage and improve carbon efficiency. Rachael Dillon, FTA Climate Change Policy Manager said:

“The results in the Logistics Carbon Review continue to prove that industry can contribute to national climate change reduction targets without the need for regulation. The LCRS is able to provide a robust yet simple methodology to monitor industry’s carbon footprint allowing any size operator to participate.

“The Logistics Carbon Review shows there is real appetite from industry to set its own destiny on carbon reduction actions by recording, reporting and reducing carbon emissions. It is important, however, that the LCRS continues to grow in membership so that we can demonstrate the progress the whole industry is making. I would urge operators to join this free of charge scheme to make their contribution known.”