Setting our carbon destiny

Posted on: Friday, 20 July 2012 by Rachael Dillon

BridgestoneThis week, we've published a brand new information pack on the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme, a voluntary initiative to record, report and reduce carbon emissions from freight transport. It's a straightforward read on what the scheme entails and how operators can benefit from signing up. The scheme is free to join and asks operators to provide simple fuel and business data which we aggregate into one carbon footprint for industry. By doing this we can track the progress that the freight sector is making in reducing carbon emissions.

Some 66 freight operators including DHL, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, TNT UK, Coca-Cola, Howard Tenens and Owens (Road Services) have joined the scheme since it was launched in 2010. The scheme accounts for just over 58,000 commercial vehicles and is open to any operator with at least one commercial vehicle. 

Sometimes, operators are concerned that signing up to the scheme will be an onerous task, but we try to make it as easy as possible. The LCRS is designed to collect data that operators should be recording as a matter of course and should not be an extra burden. The minimum commitment is an annual submission of fuel usage and at least one activity set (preferably vehicle km, or either turnover or FTE).

Why not take a look at the new information pack and sign up by completing a Declaration of Intent? If you have any questions, email me.  We believe that when it comes to emissions reduction, industry is best placed to shape its carbon destiny and voluntarily report emissions rather than Government regulating, either through legislation or tax.

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