What's the situation with climate change?
In 2007 the world's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that global atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased due to human activities. Global temperatures are expected to rise by two degrees by 2100.
What needs to happen?
We need to reduce or at least stabilise CO2 concentrations to ensure temperatures don't rise further and cause dangerous climate change. Emissions must start to decline by 2020 and fall at least 50 per cent below 1990 levels to avoid dangerous climate change.
How is UK Government dealing with climate change?
The IPCC report has galvanised many countries to introduce greenhouse gas reduction strategies, which apply to businesses and individuals alike. The UK is no exception.
In 2008 the UK was the first country in the world to introduce a Climate Change Act. It has also set major targets to reduce emissions by 34 per cent by 2020 on 1990 levels and 80 per cent by 2050.
The Committee on Climate Change has also been formed to direct Government on how to move the UK to a low carbon economy.
All the above initiatives show that climate change is moving up the political agenda and the UK is likely to see increasing carbon policy measures which could affect logistics operations.
How is FTA reacting to climate change?
We were part of the Department for Transport's (DfT) Low Carbon Supply Chain Steering Group, which aimed to produce consistent guidelines to help operators record and report their carbon emissions from freight transport. In December 2010, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published step-by-step advice on how to calculate carbon emissions with specific examples relating directly to freight transport operators. View this Defra guidance
Additionally, FTA is a member of DfT's Low Carbon Hgv Task Force, which looks at how industry can reduce its carbon emissions.
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