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Published: 6 March 2009      

CILT – truck operators must do more to cut emissions

Truck operators have failed to cut their carbon footprint with the degree of urgency required considering the facts established by climate change science, says the Chartered Institute of Transport

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) says that much more must be done to reduce tailpipe pollution, cut lorry mileage, shift freight to less polluting modes of transport, and increase operational efficiency. Such measures will not only contribute to an overall fall in CO2 emissions but reduce vehicle and distribution operating costs to the benefit of industry and end consumers.

The Institute has published An Inconvenient Truck? – the CILT Guide to CO2 Emissions from Freight, a 44 page report providing a comprehensive assessment of the current scene together with guidance on the range, availability and costs of schemes designed to support and advise truck operators in the management and reduction of their carbon output.

CILT Chief Executive Steve Agg says: “The importance of freight distribution to the economy and to serving the interests of the entire population cannot be overstated. Our daily needs are delivered on the back of a truck and the industry does a wonderful job. However, despite substantial progress by many fleets in reducing carbon emissions, our new report has concluded that even more could and should have been achieved.

“Over the last ten years we have seen improvements in engine technology, less empty running, innovative progress in logistics, a reduction in mileage, and many other measures listed in our report which have all contributed to reducing freight’s carbon footprint. But the industry must do more to take full advantage of the quantity and breadth of experience now available in order to make further improvements.

“The irony of all of this is that the more carbon friendly operations are, then the less costly they become – reduce emissions and save money. Everybody wins.

“The worsening environmental evidence will inevitably result in increased regulatory pressure on transport operators to improve their carbon cutting performance and some new demands will certainly be uncomfortable. But, in principle, such measures will be supported by CILT.

“We must all recognise the facts about global warming and the absolute necessity to act on those facts. Freight transport operations are essential but must be conducted with full awareness of the need to protect the overall environment. Our new CILT report spells out how to do it.”

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