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Logistics UK reacts to Scotland HGV Zero emission task force

Senior leaders from Scotland’s HGV industry have developed a set of actions to help the sector transition to net zero.

The HGV Decarbonisation Pathway is the result of 18 months of work by the Zero Emission Truck Taskforce and featured representatives from truck manufacturers, government, unions, and the finance, energy, haulage and logistics sectors, including Logistics UK which led a working group considering energy infrastructure requirements.

The pathway sets out the four key challenges posed by a move to zero-emission trucks, and how to address these through energy infrastructure, financial models, confidence in technological and commercial change, and workforce skills.

“The road to net zero is complex and will take continued collaboration between many industries and sectors to find the solutions that lead to meeting the net zero targets,” says Logistics UK’s Senior Policy Manager, Alexandra Herdman. “This HGV Decarbonisation Pathway is a great example of what can be achieved when expertise is shared.”

Scottish Government Transport Secretary  Fiona Hyslop, launched the pathway during a keynote address to the Net Zero Scotland Projects conference. She said: “This partnership with the road haulage, manufacturing, energy, government, union and commercial finance sectors is absolutely key to accelerating the transition towards zero emission trucks.

“Scotland’s economy – and society as a whole – relies on goods being moved with speed and efficiency, but these freight movements emit substantial greenhouse gases. We have worked collectively to understand and address the hurdles to transition.”

The Zero Emission Truck Taskforce was convened in May 2022, and has met regularly since, studying background papers, including developing business models which draw in private investment and enable operators to avoid high initial investment costs, building a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities across each of the sectors involved.

Published On: 28/03/2024 16:00:00


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