Logistics Volunteers Report Falling Emission Levels for Road Borne Freight Traffic

UK – The latest results of the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS) are included in the Freight Transport Association’s own 2019 Logistics Emissions Review which was launched today. Sponsored by Bridgestone and ExxonMobil, the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS) is a free-to-join industry initiative to record, report and reduce carbon emissions from freight transport. During the past year, LERS’ volunteer members achieved a 4% reduction in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and decreased their average kilogramme of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per vehicle kilometre to 0.72, from 0.75 in 2017 and 2016.

Having announced its decision to support the government’s proposed 15% reduction target in HGV greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, the FTA sees this downward trend as a positive and encouraging step towards ultimately achieving a net-zero emissions logistics industry. The report, viewable here, also illustrates members’ continued efforts to ensure they are operating the cleanest vehicles available; 58% of the LERS group’s HGVs are Euro VI standard, up from the 48% recorded in 2017. This story is the same for vans, with 57% of members’ vans meeting the Euro 6 standard, an increase from the 44% figure from 2017.

In addition, there has been a significant drop in the use of Euro 3 vans – down from 22% in 2017 to just under 3%. Of course the very fact these companies volunteered means that they are intent on cutting emissions, but the wider problem will continue to be the reluctance, particularly among smaller businesses less able to afford to take the necessary measures, to take up the challenge. Such reluctance will surely lead to more mandatory regulation if it remains widespread.

FTA’s Environment Policy Manager, Rebecca Kite, was however upbeat on the matter, saying: “We are thrilled that members of LERS have continued to achieve a downward trend in their emissions since 2010. The scheme has continued to grow throughout the past 12 months and now represents 142 members, accounting for 99,238 commercial vehicles.

“This year we launched an online guide specifically designed to provide fleet operators with advice on reducing their fuel consumption, as well as their emissions. The outcome has been staggering and extremely impressive, with results showing LERS members are 13% more fuel efficient than the industry as a whole. With this evidence, we can demonstrate to government that the industry is committed to climate change, without the need for additional regulations and taxation.”

The emissions and fuel reduction site which Ms Kite refers to is the LERS How to Reduce Your Emissions Guide, which includes tips ranging from empty running to tyre management.

Photo: Emission levels have soared since new transport modes have flourished in the UK logistics sector.

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