Bridgestone becomes first LCRS industry partner

Posted on: Tuesday, 8 May 2012 by Rachael Dillon

BridgestoneI’m delighted that Bridgestone has become the first industry partner to the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS), injecting additional momentum into the scheme. The company’s involvement highlights the important role that tyre selection and management can play in improving vehicle fuel efficiency. As part of the partnership, FTA will be launching a series of annual low carbon awards and continuing our campaign to raise awareness on the benefits of cutting carbon emissions, not only to make the sector greener, but also to reduce fuel costs. Bridgestone will sponsor an LCRS fuel efficiency award next year.

The LCRS is a voluntary scheme to record, report and reduce carbon emissions from freight transport, currently covering more than 60 companies and accounting for more than 58,000 commercial vehicles. The idea of the scheme is that participants submit fuel data (e.g. litres of diesel) and other business related activity data to FTA either annually or quarterly. We then aggregate the data to produce a carbon footprint for the scheme. In this way we can start to track the progress that we believe the logistics industry is making to reduce its impact on climate change and prevent Government from simply introducing regulation to curb freight's emissions. To date, successes include the endorsement by Transport Minister Mike Penning MP, in April 2011 as a key way for industry to cut its emissions.

The scheme is free-of-charge and open to all commercial vehicle operators, whether they are FTA members or not. Businesses which have joined the scheme include retailers such as John Lewis Partnership, Tesco and Asda, third party logistics providers including Wincanton, DHL and Eddie Stobart, and small hauliers and local authorities.

FTA looks forward to working with Bridgestone and look out for our new LCRS columns covering the latest carbon issues sponsored by Bridgestone in Freight magazine.

For more information on the LCRS or to join up, visit www.fta.co.uk/carbonreduction

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