LCRS paves the way for a voluntary approach to carbon reduction

Posted on: Wednesday, 8 May 2013 by Rachael Dillon

I was delighted to read the Department for Transport's (DfT) Freight Carbon Review published last week which has welcomed a continued voluntary approach to reducing freight carbon emissions. This is a great achievement and is largely thanks to the commitment of logistics operators who have joined FTA's Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) over the last three years. Members have submitted fuel and business activity data in order to track industry's efforts to improve efficiency and reduce carbon.

The LCRS formed a major part of the Freight Carbon Review that has concluded that Government must continue to work with industry to further improve freight's carbon performance.

The scheme was set up in late 2009 by 12 leading logistics companies, today over 80 operators have joined. The LCRS was endorsed by DfT in 2011 and has shown that industry is capable of voluntarily recording and reporting carbon emissions without the need for additional tax and regulation.

Through its analysis of the LCRS, Government's Freight Carbon Review clearly shows the benefits of an industry-led approach to carbon reduction and FTA welcomes the Department’s decision to continue to work with industry on carbon reduction rather than introducing regulation.

The secret of the scheme is that it is simple and straightforward to take part in. It is open to any commercial vehicle operator, whatever the size of its fleet and is free of charge. The data requirements are based on operational information that your company should be collecting as a matter of course.

It is vital that the freight industry demonstrates to Government that it is able to contribute to national carbon reduction targets. LCRS members have shown that a voluntary approach is workable so why not join them and make industry's voice even bigger?

Visit the LCRS section of the website for further information. 

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