Christopher Snelling, FTA Head of National and Regional Policy stated: “In contrast to air quality where we have achieved an 80% reduction in local air pollutants from the latest diesel HGVs, progress in reducing GHG emissions is clearly slower and in many ways a harder problem to solve.”
FTA has been supporting freight operators to control emissions and fuel use with Logistics Carbon Review Scheme.
The FTA has demanded the Government must do more to support and crack down on reducing emissions:
Examining the case for longer or heavier Lorries on the strategic road network so that GHG per tonne can be reduced immediately.
Investing in rail and water freight infrastructure to enhance services, and reject the increases in the cost of rail freight that are being considered.
Supporting the roll-out of alternative road fuel infrastructure and reduce the taxes on them, so that they can become a viable alternative to diesel as soon as possible.
The LCRS is a free industry initiative with more than 120 members whose positive actions have produced results - while emissions from the sector as a whole are not falling; LCRS members have seen a 7% reduction in the last five years.
Further details on the scheme can be found here