A GREENER future for road transport is in reach, according to the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS) annual report, which found its members have reduced their average greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 4% in 2017.
The report collated and analysed fuel and vehicle kilometre data from its members to calculate an annual carbon figure for the scheme. LERS, sponsored by industry partners Bridgestone and ExxonMobil, now represents 134 members who operate over 88,000 commercial vehicles.
Rebecca Kite, environment policy manager, Freight Transport Association commented: ‘The average emissions from LERS members are close to 13% lower per vehicle km than the industry average, showcasing what can be achieved with determination and the right support. In addition to this, LERS members fuel costs are 13% lower than industry as a whole.
‘While there’s still much to be done to achieve national emission reduction targets, most notably the government’s voluntary industry commitment to reduce HGV GHG emissions by 15% by 2020 (compared to 2015 levels), this report shows the logistics sector is heading in the right direction.’