16 July 2009 | Allie Anderson
The UK government has set up a group aimed at reducing carbon emissions in transport and logistics supply chains.
Industry bodies including Freight Transport Association (FTA), the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and the Food Storage and Distribution Federation make up the new Low Carbon Supply Chain Steering Group, launched yesterday by the Department for Transport.
The aim of the group is to establish clear, common methods for freight companies to measure and report carbon emissions.
This will help logistics supply chains - currently responsible for around 30 per cent of UK transport emissions - reduce the amount of CO2 they release and ultimately cut fuel costs.
The group will also provide a framework for government to in future recognise the industry's contribution to lowering greenhouse gases by awarding tax breaks and regulating more sympathetically.
Transport minister, Paul Clark said: "Encouraging consideration of carbon emissions at the highest level within the logistics industry requires a concerted and co-operative approach between government and the industry itself."
He added that the new steering group is "a critical first step towards the development of a low carbon logistics transport supply chain."
FTA launched its own carbon programme in 2007. James Hookham, managing director of policy and communications, said: "There is a strong will within the industry to lead in minimising its environmental impact, and this group will give us the platform to bring carbon-efficient practices into mainstream business decisions."