Asda has joined the Freight Transport Association’s Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme which now represents more than 50,000 commercial vehicles.
Chris Hall, national transport manager for Asda, said: “We continue to drive the focus into producing fewer, friendlier and cheaper miles and are delighted to be involved in this scheme. The opportunity to use this scheme to further develop our collaborative relationships in the industry and to set our agenda in relation to fleets and fuels of the future is vitally important.”
Members of the scheme provide fuel usage, fleet and activity data to help paint an accurate picture of the carbon footprint of the logistics sector.
Scheme members commit at a senior director level to participate in the scheme and to have their data independently verified by the FTA as part of the reporting process.
In the first annual report of the scheme, emissions from the sector were tracked from 2005 to 2009 and participants in the scheme committed collectively to an eight per cent reduction in the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions by 2015 (compared to 2010 levels).
FTA chief economist Simon Chapman said: “It would be great if the investment being made by industry towards a low carbon future through such measures as alternative fuel, better vehicle technology, telematics and eco-driver training, was matched by support from the policy makers.
“Government can help by looking at higher capacity trucks, defending double deck trailers against a possible European height limit of 4 metres, making rail freight cheaper and easier to use, restoring rail freight grants and biofuel duty incentives and maintaining a fairer deal on fuel.”