Transport is a challenging sector to change due to the varied nature of its operation. For example, the larger the vehicle, the more problematic decarbonising becomes. However, larger freight vehicles are also vital to reducing emissions as they are the most energy and road space efficient way of moving freight on a per tonne basis.
FTA is committed to helping members make their operations greener and more efficient, whether that is by increasing the fuel efficiency of their existing fleets, or by transitioning to a greener alternative fuel.
FTA also manages the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme, an industry initiative which focuses on the recording and reducing of road freight emissions and demonstrates to government industries efforts and commitment to reducing emissions.
Stopping three times per mile and accelerating back up to 30mph each time triples emissions compared to maintaining 30mph
LERS members registered average emissions levels 13 per cent per vehicle km lower than in the wider logistics industry
A medium sized HGV can carry the same amount as 10 vans, larger HGVs can carry the same as of 25 vans
What is FTA campaigning for?
FTA has five priorities for Environment:
- Ultra-Low Emission Truck Definition – FTA is actively working with the government to provide industry with an urgently required Ultra- Low Emission Truck definition, to enable the development of Ultra-Low technologies, and to provide one central standard for Local Authorities looking to go beyond the Clean Air Zone standards.
- Ultra-Low Emission Fuel Definition- A separate Ultra-Low Emission Fuel definition is needed to recognise the importance of gas and the emissions savings achieved, particularly in long haul operations.
- Greater availability of Modal Shift- Modes such as rail and water freight can significantly reduce carbon emissions from road freight, FTA is campaigning for investment in rail and water freight to increase their availability, and to enable industry to increase the use of these modes – including upgrading rail lines to be able to take greater numbers of larger trains and increase in the range of terminals and wharves available.
- Support for Alternative Fuels- FTA is supporting logistics in meeting carbon reduction targets by promoting and supporting the use of alternative fuels, and giving certainty to operators before they decide to invest in greener alternatives.
- Support for greater capacity vehicles- Government should allow research and testing of load efficient road freight concepts – to assess safety and environmental performance. Government should make longer semi-trailers permanent as they have passed these tests.
Environment Policy Manager
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