Environment

The logistics industry recognises the impact it can have on the environment and wishes to play a positive role in helping address this. Through good practice, innovation and investment into new technologies.

Environment

 

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.

 

Key facts

  • 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?

  • A routemap and plan from Government that provides confidence and clarity for the logistics industry.

  • Certainty on commercially viable, zero tailpipe emission technologies for HGVs by the mid-2020s.

  • Incentives to help overcome higher upfront purchase prices, until the market matures.

  • Rapid development of recharging and refuelling infrastructure for all commercial vehicles.

  •  A fair and equitable approach to funding power upgrades for depots.

  •  A clear policy framework to support alternative fuels for HGVs that can lower emissions today.

  • Research and investment into a multimodal approach for logistics, helping support the movement of goods via rail, water and air.

 

The Route to Net Zero Logistics policy paper

Logistics UK has produced a policy briefing paper on the Route to Net Zero logistics, which can be downloaded here. This provides an overview of the challenge the industry faces, and the key priorities for achieving Net Zero as quickly as possible:  

  • A routemap and plan from Government that provides confidence and clarity for the logistics industry.

  • Certainty on commercially viable, zero tailpipe emission technologies for HGVs by the mid-2020s.

  • Incentives to help overcome higher upfront purchase prices, until the market matures.

  • Rapid development of recharging and refuelling infrastructure for all commercial vehicles.

  • A fair and equitable approach to funding power upgrades for depots.

  • A clear policy framework to support alternative fuels for HGVs that can lower emissions today.

  • Research and investment into a multimodal approach for logistics, helping support the movement of goods via rail, water and air.

Our future policy manifesto aims to provide more detailed recommendations and steps that are needed to make Net Zero a reality for logistics as quickly as possible.

 

View our Route to Net Zero campaign here 

 

Policy Manager

 

 

Michelle Gardner - Head of Public Policy 

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