Climate Week 2013

Posted on: Monday, 4 March 2013 by Rachael Dillon

climateThis week marks the third annual Climate Week (4 to 8 March), Britain's biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Thousands of businesses, charities, schools, councils and others are taking part to share ideas and encourage the UK to act to reduce emissions during the rest of the year. FTA is supporting Climate Week again this year and there is much to report when it comes to the logistics sector reducing carbon, as well as ideas on how your business can become greener.

How about joining the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme? This is a free voluntary initiative to record, report and reduce carbon emissions from freight. Some 80 freight companies, ranging from 3PLs and retailers, to small hauliers and waste companies have joined the scheme to date - Bridgestone Tyres is also an industry partner. LCRS members submit fuel data (eg litres of diesel) and other business-related activity data on a confidential basis. FTA then aggregates the data to produce a carbon footprint for the scheme. In this way, we can track the progress that industry is making to reduce its emissions. By joining the LCRS, you can demonstrate your green credentials and commitment to reducing carbon emissions from freight transport. Why not sign up during Climate Week?

The inaugural LCRS Awards are also coming soon, which celebrate the efforts individual LCRS members are making to reduce their emissions. Award categories include carbon reduction through fuel efficiency, sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres and carbon reduction through use of alternative low carbon fuels and technologies, sponsored by Iveco. The Awards, which closed for entries last month, will be presented at FTA’s Cutting Carbon, Cutting Costs Conference on 22 May. The conference will provide essential information and best practice advice on reducing freight carbon emissions, whilst also improving efficiency and ultimately reducing fuel costs. Sponsored by LCRS partner Bridgestone Tyres and Iveco, the programme is specifically aimed at the logistics sector and includes a range of interactive workshops so that you can choose the most relevant for your operation. Workshops include driver training, improving vehicle productivity, alternative fuels and low carbon technologies, aerodynamics and freight modal switch. A solutions surgery will provide tailored advice on fuel efficiency and carbon emissions. LCRS Members, Logistics Carbon Working Group attendees and Carbonfta subscribers will receive £100 discount.

There is a range of advice and tips available on the FTA website to help get you started on reducing carbon emissions, such as fuel efficiency tips and how to record and report your carbon emissions. Additionally, Carbonfta is a subscription service that gives you full guidance on climate change policies affecting the freight industry. Carbonfta also offers you practical advice on reducing your vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions.

So if you do one thing this Climate Week to reduce carbon emissions, why not see how FTA can help support you to become greener?

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