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Delivering Decarbonisation update: ground-breaking net zero conference establishes key industry takeaways

Logistics UK’s Delivering Decarbonisation conference – held last week at the America Square Conference Centre in London – equipped logistics professionals with the knowledge and information needed to mould their business strategies, and explored the roadmap to net zero, delving into the plans, initiatives and ongoing projects that are shaping the decarbonisation journey for logistics businesses. 

“Speakers at the conference discussed the most important questions the logistics sector is grappling with,” said Michelle Gardner, Deputy Director of Policy at Logistics UK.   

“Key topics included how to approach the decarbonisation of HGV operations, how the government is supporting businesses, views from the OEMs, creating an EV adoption strategy, the infrastructure required for HGV decarbonisation, as well as sharing case study stories of success.”  

“The conference provided attendees with the opportunity to network with some of the most influential and knowledgeable names in the sector, engage in discussions at the forefront of the industry, gain valuable insights from peers facing similar challenges and forge partnerships that will shape the future of sustainable logistics. 

“A key takeaway from the conference is the need for industry-wide collaboration,” continues Gardner.  

“There is a wealth of knowledge available across the sector and sharing both successes and failings on the journey to decarbonisation is crucial to speed-track learnings and help businesses to navigate the net zero transition. 

“While achieving a net zero industry by 2050 may seem daunting, it is encouraging to remember the huge amount of progress that has already been made. While making significant changes – such as adopting the latest zero emission technologies – are important, smaller, more achievable steps matter too and are vital to effective decarbonisation.”  

Published On: 30/11/2023 14:30:00


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Pavement parking restrictions in Scotland 

Operators in Scotland should be aware that legislation on parking restrictions can begin to be enforced by local authorities from 11 December 2023. The new law, which was introduced in 2019, restricts parking on pavements, dropped kerbs and double parking.  

There are, however, exemptions to double parking and pavement parking for collection or delivery of goods. The exemptions exist where there is no alternative option available and for no longer than 20 minutes. Parking in front of dropped kerbs is not exempted. Each local authority area is individually responsible for enforcing the rules. At present, only Edinburgh City Council has announced it will enact the law, from January 2024.  

Logistics UK is working with Transport Scotland to ensure members have the fullest information available to ensure drivers are fully aware of what they can and cannot do.   

The full list of exemptions can be found here

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Last week Logistics UK attended the Scottish Freight and Logistics Advisory Group (SCOTFLAG) meeting.  

The group heard from the UK government on the Border Target Operating Model, received an update from Transport Scotland on activities in the maritime sector, and discussed the upcoming consultation on grant funding for modal shift. Logistics UK will sit on a subgroup of SCOTFLAG members to discuss the upcoming consultation on grant funding.  

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