FTA formally launches carbon reduction scheme 22 July 2010

The FTA's (Freight Transport Association) Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS), which was founded in January, has now been launched, with 37 members covering more than 37,000 commercial vehicles.

Launch members include: 3663, Arla Foods, Boots UK, C Brewer & Sons, Caerphilly Council, Carlsberg UK, Ceva Logistics, Detention & Escorting, G4S Care & Justice Services (UK), DHL, EDF Energy, Eddie Stobart, Howard Tenens, John Lewis, Kuehne + Nagel, Marshalls, Menzies Distribution, Norbert Dentressangle, OCS Group UK, P&O Ferrymasters, Perth & Kinross Council, South Tyneside Council, TNT, and Warburtons.

FTA's Simon Chapman, who is leading the LCRS project, explains that it is industry-led and entirely voluntary, and aims to record, report and reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from the UK freight sector.

It will capture progress by individual freight businesses in reducing fuel use through collaboration, investment in low carbon vehicles, use of low carbon fuels and eco-driver training. FTA's role then extends to consolidating the individual returns to create a collective picture.

"The scheme gives individual businesses the tools and the confidence to join in the response to the climate change challenges that confront us all," comments Chapman.

"Even small businesses can use the Scheme to measure carbon dioxide emissions in the same way as the largest operators do. The LCRS allows the logistics sector to stay one step ahead of government legislation and to get the credit for the improvements in efficiency that it is continually making," he adds.

Brian Tinham

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