The logistics industry is on track to reduce carbon emissions, according to the Logistics Carbon Review 2014.
Released at the FTA's annual LCRS Cutting Carbon, Cutting Cost Conference this week, the report incorporates the fourth annual results of the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS), and reveals that the freight industry is contributing to national climate change reduction targets.
The LCRS, which is managed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), demonstrates the efforts of industry to reduce carbon and contribute to national greenhouse gas reduction targets. The latest report shows that scheme members have collectively made progress in reducing carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions between 2005 and 2012.
Rachael Dillon, FTA Climate Change Policy Manager said: "The results in the Logistics Carbon Review continue to prove that industry can contribute to national climate change reduction targets without the need for regulation. The LCRS is able to provide a robust yet simple methodology to monitor industry's carbon footprint allowing any size operator to participate."
Following the latest collection of data, the report shows that the average tonnes of CO2e per LCRS member has reduced by 3.4 per cent between 2011 and 2012. Projecting the reduction in emissions from 2010 also shows that the scheme is on track to meet its carbon reduction target in 2014, one year earlier than anticipated.
Additionally during the last twelve months, the work of the LCRS has helped to shape Government policy on issues such as opportunities for gas HGVs and the upcoming introduction of Energy Audits for non-SMEs.
The report, which was presented at the LCRS Cutting Carbon, Cutting Costs conference last week, also features case studies from Arla Foods UK, Howard Tenens, Turners (Soham)Ltd and UPS. These showcase the wide range of actions that operators can take to reduce fuel usage and improve carbon efficiency.
Dillon added: "The Logistics Carbon Review shows there is real appetite from industry to set its own destiny on carbon reduction actions by recording, reporting and reducing carbon emissions. It is important, however, that the LCRS continues to grow in membership so that we can demonstrate the progress the whole industry is making. I would urge operators to join this free of charge scheme to make their contribution known."