Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Road Haulage Outfit Sets Out Strategy for the Future Decarbonisation of Freight and Logistics

Major Changes to HGV Technology Will Be Demanded
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UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has published its strategy paper which sets out the Association's approach to decarbonising the freight and logistics sector in the years to come. With the environment a key point of the recent General Election, the paper calls on the new Government to develop a freight roadmap which delivers the stepping stones needed to achieve a net zero carbon future.

Decarbonising the economy will substantially impact every sector of the economy, including road freight, and will lead to behavioural changes by consumers and business. How the change to low carbon transport is managed is one of the most important tasks politically and economically facing the UK over the next 25 years.

The RHA says that this issue of decarbonising freight needs a coherent international and national response and it is vital that the freight and logistics sector is on the front foot to shape the reforms necessary. RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett said:

“How the change is managed politically and economically over the next 25 years will be challenging. Our strategy sets out an approach that will ensure that sensible, evidence-based and pragmatic policies are in place to support investment in the green technology needed.

“The time for talking about the environment is over. We need clear global action to tackle climate change, and I am determined that the UK logistics sector will do its bit. The Government must ensure supportive policies exist that give our members the confidence to plan for a green future. By contrast, policy ‘missteps’ such as clean air zones which have undermined trust must be avoided.”

At the end of 2019, the government announced funding for four UK-based plants to produce green fuels. Two of the projects are being funded under the government’s £20 million Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

KEW Projects and Rika Biogas have been awarded a share of £6.5 million to build plants which aim to provide fuel for heavy goods vehicles. The project at KEW will also begin research which could pave the way for low carbon aviation fuel. 

A further 2 projects, which are being funded under the £25 million Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition (ABDC), are also driving towards their final stages of development. This includes Nova Pangaea Technologies, who will focus on the production of bio-ethanol from wood waste that can be blended with existing petrol used in road transport. Future of Transport Minister George Freeman, said:

“We made a legally binding commitment to reaching Net Zero. Now we are delivering. The UK is reducing CO2 emissions faster than any other G20 nation. We are doing it by investing in research and development, supporting the uptake of low emission and electrical vehicles, new inner city Clean Air Zones and the world’s first comprehensive Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

“This global leadership is helping create a 21st century transport network that is better for our environment, our health and our economy: with the potential to deliver high-skilled jobs in the green economy to all corners of the nation.”