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FTA Carbon Conference to celebrate work of the freight industry in reducing emissions

The Freight Transport Association’s (FTA’s) annual Cutting Carbon, Cutting Costs Conference will not only focus on key developments that enabling the logistics sector to significantly reduce carbon emissions, but will also celebrate the individual efforts of companies to reduce carbon with the presentation of the 2014 LCRS Awards.

The event is FTA’s sixth consecutive Carbon Conference, and the challenge of reducing freight has never been more important. The Conference event will be interactive and will aim provide specialised carbon reduction advice for freight operators with a range of workshops to suit their own fleet and business. Focusing on the latest operational and technological measures, the conference will provide delegates with tactics to improve efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and ultimately lower fuel costs.

Rachael Dillon, Climate Change Policy Manager said:

"FTA is delighted to be holding its sixth Carbon Conference. The 2014 conference programme will provide delegates with the opportunity to discover the latest carbon reduction practices, and learn of the innovative ways to improve their operational efficiency."

Included in the conference programme is a session on ‘Low carbon vision for logistics’; asking what the key developments are that will enable the logistics sector to achieve enduring carbon reductions? This will focus on the long term opportunities to improve the carbon efficiency of HGVs with perspectives from vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers and operators.

Ms Dillon continued:

"Carbon reduction can reap rewards for business, keynote speakers at the FTA Carbon Conference will enable us to understand the challenges the industry faces in reducing its carbon emissions and most importantly identify solutions."

Other conference programme sessions include:

• Logistics Carbon Review 2014 launch
• Workshop – Meeting the requirements of Energy Audits and carbon reporting obligations
• Workshop – Making long haul operations more carbon efficient
• Workshop – Options for freight modal shift
• Workshop – Making urban logistics more carbon efficient

The event is sponsored by LCRS Industry Partner, Bridgestone and Iveco and will be chaired by Mark Sutcliffe, Group Transport Manager, Warburtons.

Also during the day, the presentation of the 2014 LCRS Awards will take place;

The LCRS Awards were developed to celebrate the efforts of green leaders in the freight industry, recognising the efforts of individual LCRS members to reduce their carbon emissions from freight activity.

The 2014 LCRS Award categories are:

• Best fuel efficient operation (sponsored by Bridgestone)
• Best use of alternative low carbon fuels and technologies (sponsored by Iveco)
• Most innovative fleet management
• Breakthrough in modal shift
• Leadership in logistics carbon reduction

Entry to the LCRS 2014 Awards is free, and the closing date is 5pm on Friday 14 February 2014.

Dillon concluded:
"The success of the inaugural LCRS Awards provided an excellent opportunity for fleet operators to earn recognition for efforts that they were undertaking to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. We sincerely hope that the 2014 entries will replicate that message. The Awards signal to customers, stakeholders, policymakers and the public that the freight industry is making significant efforts to contribute to solving the climate change challenge."

Any LCRS member company with a green freight initiative worthy of an award is invited to enter one or more of the award categories.

For further information on the LCRS Awards or to sign up to the LCRS,( which is free of charge and open to any size company), visit www.fta.co.uk/lcrs.

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