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Logistics UK leading Work Stream 1 of the Freight Energy Forum


The logistics sector is embracing the decarbonisation agenda and is committed to playing its part to help the UK achieve net zero. However, a significant challenge remains around the energy infrastructure required to support a fair transition.

To help overcome this challenge, Logistics UK is leading Work Stream 1 (WS1) of the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) Freight Energy Forum, which brings together industry and government with senior representatives from the freight and energy sectors to look at ways to support the freight sector’s transition to net zero. 

Acting in the role of a facilitator, the business group has led a series of one-to-one conversations with industry and DfT to establish a baseline assessment of existing infrastructure. There is broad acceptance that this is a difficult task and a significant piece of work. However, it is one that will be crucial to progress freight forward on its journey to decarbonise. 

Members of Logistics UK’s policy team, including its new Head of Environment Policy, Edward Jones, who has an energy networks background, and its Head of Economics and Productivity, Mariefi Kamizouli, have been working to establish the scope of the project.  

Having hosted multiple meetings, the Forum is now in the process of identifying a methodology to measure current energy demand. Part of the work is understanding the quantum of data that will be required and the number of sources to inform key decisions moving forwards.  

In parallel, Logistics UK is leading on conversations with universities that could provide analysis tools already in development, that could have applicability to this project. 

The initial data acquisition should be completed in May, which will enable the group to map out plans and important next steps.  

Logistics UK will continue to lead on this important piece of analysis to help address one of the most important aspects of decarbonisation, in order to deliver a fair transition. 

Published On: 08/02/2024 14:00:00

 

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