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.
Logistics UK 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.
Logistics UK 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.
LOGISTICS UK STATEMENT ON AIR QUALITY: 2 DECEMBER 2020
Air pollution affects all of us throughout our daily lives, and Logistics UK is concerned about the impact it may have on the industry’s workers, particularly drivers of HGVs and vans working in and around our cities. Although levels of air pollution have fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which time logistics vehicles have been able to move more freely to provide the goods and services homes and businesses need, a return to more normal working patterns could see levels rise again.
Member organisations of Logistics UK are already committed to achieving the government’s net zero target for emissions by 2030 but the business group is today stepping up its pressure on government to assist businesses already hit by the effects of the pandemic to assist the funding of a swifter move to alternatively fuelled vehicles.
We have not at any stage opposed CAZs outright, but instead have articulated that we believe they are not the only way to improve air quality and that there are other measures which can provide more longer-term health benefits.
We do not oppose the introduction of CAZs. In the past, we have proposed that they be delayed to allow operators time to phase out older vehicles and introduce newer, cleaner models without financial penalties and can see how some of our communication around alternative policies has led stakeholders to conclude that we oppose them in principle.
Going forward, we will continue not to oppose the introduction of Clean Air Zones; however, we will continue to seek improvements to them, e.g. standard requirements across the UK, to ensure they work for business as well as protecting the health of the nation.
Clean Air Policy Briefing
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 Logistics UK campaigning for?
Logistics UK has five priorities for Environment:
- Ultra-Low Emission Truck Definition – Logistics UK 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, Logistics UK 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- Logistics UK 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.
General Manager - Public Policy