Minister backs FTA’s carbon reduction plan

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Transport secretary Lord Adonis has come out in support of a Freight Transport Association scheme to report the logistics sector’s carbon footprint publicly.

Adonis described the need to reduce carbon emissions from logistics as an important part of the DfT’s carbon reduction strategy.

The Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme aims to record, report and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the logistics sector. It already has the backing of some of FTA’s leading members, which together operate over 23,000 commercial vehicles.

Under the scheme, LCRS members will be committed to submit their fuel data to FTA for analysis to provide an accurate picture of the logistics sector’s carbon footprint. This will allow government to base its carbon reduction policy on hard evidence.

Rachael Dillon, FTA’s climate change manager, said: “Together with the DfT we will develop a robust and consistent carbon measurement and reporting method that will be fair, accurate and eminently useful in the interests of mitigating the sector’s environmental impact.”

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