Logistics UK calls for roadmap to meet emissions targets

Logistics UK has welcomed the government’s commitment to reducing emissions by 78% by 2035 (compared with 1990 levels), but called for a clear roadmap on how this can be achieved.

Speaking on Earth Day, Alex Veitch, General Manager for Public Policy said the government needs to build confidence so that business can invest in alternative fuels and technologies to help reduce emissions as quickly as possible.

Logistics UK represents logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods.

Mr Veitch believes the sector needs pragmatic plans to ensure that the target can be achieved by all areas of the industry.

He said: “Logistics businesses are fully committed to playing their part in reducing the sector’s emissions and achieving the 78% target recommended by 2035. What we need now is a clear roadmap from government on how this can be achieved, with the correct support and enablers for industry to adopt the cleanest vehicles and working practices. 

“The UK government’s plans must align clearly with other international standards and targets for all modes of transport, to ensure consistency and prevent additional costs and unintended consequences for UK businesses.  Our members stand ready and willing to do their part in achieving emissions targets: government now needs to provide clarity and guidance to minimise disruption to the supply chain and enable the switch to the next generation of transport modes.

“Ambition without action will just lead to disappointment for all involved. Logistics can provide advice to government on the best ways to achieve this target, and what is needed to make it happen, including new product development and a robust refuelling network. As an industry, we need that level of detail now and are ready and waiting to provide any guidance required so that the target can be achieved.”   

Image courtesy of Logistics UK.

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