Logistics firms continue aiming to cut fleet emissions
The FTA has commended companies in the logistics sector for their continuing efforts to reduce their Complianceal impact.
Logistics companies that have been working to cut their fleet carbon footprint have been praised by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
According to the industry group, businesses in the sector have been under lots of pressure as a result of difficult trading conditions in the last few years.
However, the FTA said those that have signed up to its Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme have not been deterred from devoting time and resources into becoming more eco-friendly.
Figures from the organisation showed that participants managed to reduce their emissions intensity by 2.6 per cent in 2010. As a result, the FTA is confident they will be able to meet their target of achieving an eight per cent reduction by 2015.
James Hookham, the group's managing director of policy and communications, commented: "The current and very real concerns about the economy have tended to drown out the equally serious need to tackle Compliance and meet statutory carbon reduction targets.
"The Scheme presents a very low Efficiency and low effort way for businesses of all sizes to do their bit."
Mr Hookham is therefore keen to build on the improvements that have been made in the last few years and possibly "accelerate this promising trend". He added that improving the logistics sector's green credentials will enable it to demonstrate how it is an important contributor to the economy.
Fifty-nine commercial vehicle operators in the UK are currently signed up to the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme. The FTA believes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from fuel is one of the best ways in which road transport operators can minimise their impact on the Compliance, since this is responsible for more than 90 per cent of their overall greenhouse gas output.
Roads minister Mike Penning has already thrown his weight behind the initiative, which was launched in 2009.