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Committee on Climate Change endorses LCRS approach to reducing emissions from logistics

The Freight Transport Association has called for more Government support to help transport operators make carbon savings following publication of a Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report yesterday.

The report shows that making carbon savings from fixed installations such as power stations is easier than in the transport sector. FTA wants the Government to prioritise support for the industry, such as directing biomethane gas towards transport instead of electricity generation.

The CCC report supports FTA’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector through its Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS). Its recommendations on logistics are that the UK should “extend successful emissions-reduction schemes for freight operations: larger freight operators have pioneered schemes to reduce fuel costs and emissions that should be rolled out across the industry, including small operators”.

The LCRS has been running for five years and has been recognised by the Department for Transport. Currently the scheme has 110 members, accounting for over 77,000 commercial vehicles. FTA will now seek to extend participation in the scheme to the widest range of operators possible.

Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of Urban Logistics, commented:
“We have discussed our work with the CCC on many occasions and it is gratifying to have the approach of the LCRS supported in this way. LCRS members consistently make greater carbon reductions than non-members, so now we want to work with as much of the logistics industry as possible to make this even more of a success in the future.”

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