3:02am 24th November 2021
The logistics sector needs to undergo “vast transformation” to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, according to freight transport association Logistics UK, as it launched its route map yesterday to decarbonise the industry – which it estimates contributes £127 billion ‘Gross Value Added’ (GVA) to the UK economy alone.
Speaking at the launch yesterday – Transport Day at COP26 – of The Route to Net Zero: A Manifesto for Logistics, David Wells, the business group’s chief executive, commented: “Logistics businesses are determined to decarbonise their operations as quickly and as effectively as possible to support the UK’s environmental goals – and those decided on the international stage at COP26 – but the government must provide the policies and infrastructure to make net zero emissions by 2050 possible.
“In The Route to Net Zero: A Manifesto for Logistics, Logistics UK details the measures businesses need from government and other stakeholders to make this deadline a reality. Over the coming months and years, we expect to see vast transformation take place across the logistics industry, as the nature of road, sea, air and rail transport evolves to operate on zero carbon.”
At the launch webinar, Wells was joined by Andy Eastlake, CEO of Zemo Partnership, who shared essential insights into the future of transport as the UK moves towards a net zero economy. Jackie Hewson, Alternative Fuels Implementation Manager – Transport at John Lewis Partnership and Elaine Pringle, Fleet Manager at Scottish Water – both members of Logistics UK’s Route to Net Zero commitment – presented their companies’ decarbonisation strategies, providing insight and learnings for those looking to make the next step on the route to net zero.
The one-hour launch webinar is free to watch back for both Logistics UK members and non-members alike. To view the webinar, and download The Route to Net Zero: A Manifesto for Logistics, visit: https://logistics.org.uk/environment/netzero
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