FTA conference helps operators cut carbon and costs Wed May 20 16:05:00 BST 2009

"Tough new mandatory CO2 targets and requirements for carbon reporting will inevitably put freight in the spotlight. "

Rachael Dillon, FTA's Manager for Climate Change

Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from transport operations not only improves a company’s environmental performance but also makes business sense in terms of improved efficiency. The Freight Transport Association’s Cutting Carbon, Cutting Costs conference offers a unique opportunity for delegates to ensure that they fully harness the business benefits of CO2 reduction.

Rachael Dillon, FTA Manager for Climate Change, said:

“Until now freight transport has operated in a CO2 policy void. The Government has used only one club – fuel duty increases. This has proved singularly ineffective in curbing freight demand as activity is heavily influenced by the economy.

“Tough new mandatory CO2 targets and requirements for carbon reporting will inevitably put freight in the spotlight. FTA’s conference is designed to equip operators with the tools to ensure continuous reductions in carbon from their operations. Cutting CO2 at a time of recession has the added benefit of also reducing costs and improving the business’s bottom line.”

The keynote speaker at the conference will be Professor Alan McKinnon of Heriot Watt University, who will be providing an insight into new work undertaken by the University into the measurement of road freight carbon footprint in the UK.

Subjects covered during the day will include:

  • Harnessing vehicle design and new technologies;
  • Using CO2 emissions to inform decisions on supply chain configuration and mode choice;
  • Taking practical management steps to minimise carbon emissions and cut costs by reducing fuel use;
  • Planning for carbon reporting requirements on freight activity;
  • Achieving freight’s contribution to mandatory CO2 targets;
  • Using vehicle and fleet telematics to cut carbon emissions.
     
 

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