The logistics industry fully recognises the part it must play in lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions both today and in the coming decades. Logistics UK members are already making changes, such as investing in lower carbon fuels and technologies, or through improving efficiency of fleet operations to lower fuel consumption. But to fully achieve Net Zero, we need the right technologies and vehicles that are commercially viable, with the right supporting infrastructure.
Transport is now the UK’s largest GHG emitting sector, following a decrease in energy emissions since 2016, and is responsible for 27% of GHG emissions.
Road vehicles produce the most GHG emissions across the transport sector (91%), with cars and taxis emitting 61% of road transport emissions in 2019, compared with 18% from HGVs and 17% from vans.
Stopping three times per mile and accelerating back up to 30mph each time triples emissions compared to maintaining 30mph.
A medium sized HGV can carry the same amount as 10 vans, larger HGVs can carry the same as of 25 vans.
What is Logistics UK campaigning for?
Large scale technology trials must result in clarity and certainty for HGV operators on which zero tailpipe emission technologies will be commercially viable, enabling long-term business planning.
Government infrastructure development plans must fully recognise the needs of commercial vehicles and include targets on how, where and when the supporting infrastructure will be in place.
A public spending programme and regulatory changes must allow for fair and equitable funding upgrades to the electricity network, supporting operators install essential chargepoints at their depots.
The use of appropriate low carbon fuels must be fully incentivised through the tax system to help operators lower their emissions immediately.
Electrification must be delivered across the rail network to provide private-sector freight operators with the confidence to invest in electric locomotives.
Proposals to develop Sustainable Aviation Fuels and Zero Emission Flights need to be delivered, helping the UK become a global hub for low-emission aviation.
Government policy frameworks must work to protect and expand our inland waterway freight infrastructure.
The Route to Net Zero Campaign
To help support the logistics industry’s journey to Net Zero, Logistics UK launched its Route to Net Zero campaign and member commitment in July 2021. The aim is to highlight the good practice already happening across the sector, provide useful case studies and resources for those logistics companies looking to reduce their emissions and engage with relevant policymakers on the support that can help the industry to decarbonise and quickly as possible.
Michelle Gardner - Head of Public Policy
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