March 15, 2022
Although freight transport is essential to the supply chain and to our national economic growth, it has unfortunately proven to have significant environmental impacts. With transport accountable for around one-fifth of the UK’s greenhouse gas emission, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) account for a substantial amount of this.
Therefore, it is clear that it is up to road freight and HGVs to make some changes to enable cleaner emissions and a more sustainable supply chain. Here are some ways in which the logistics industry can reduce our carbon footprint.
Suggested Sustainable Measures for Logistics Company
Reduce Carbon Footprint with Eco-Driving
Increasing fuel efficiency is one of the major ways in which the logistics industry can reduce our carbon footprint. One way to achieve this is by undertaking eco-driving: a combination of safe, defensive and anticipatory driving techniques. Any driver can be taught these techniques and employ them in their daily driving. By retaining an ecological way of driving, it can improve fuel efficiency, lower carbon emissions whilst encouraging road safety.
Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving (SAFED)
Stemming from eco-driving, SAFED for HGVs has been introduced in order to assist with the safe and fuel-efficient driving techniques of HGV drivers. This training programme has been specifically designed to help with eco-driving, providing training and development for existing HGV drivers.
New Government Legislation
Since February, there has been new government regulations introduced which mean more environmentally friendly HGVs are permitted on the roads. Elongated cabs are now allowed to be added to vehicles; they have been designed to improve driver vision which, in turn, improves driver safety and fuel efficiency. Aerodynamic features fitted on the back have also been approved which reduce the vehicle’s aerodynamic drag and ultimately fuel consumption.
Enhanced Vehicles & Fuel Alternatives
In addition to these enhancements now permitted for HGVs, newer models of lorries are always innovating and updating to allow for lower emissions and increased fuel efficiency. Regenerative energy is a trend that has been around for a few months now and has suggested a move to electric vehicles, including for HGVs. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are also on the horizon too as this is considered as one of the cleanest fuel sources around.
Cross Country Carriers & the Logistics Industry‘s Carbon Footprint
At Cross Country Carriers, we regularly replace our vehicles with more efficient models. This lowers our carbon footprint due to the reduced tyre wear and improved manoeuvrability. We understand the impact the logistics industry has on the planet and the importance of reducing our carbon footprint in any way we can.
If you are looking for a conscientious haulier who is always looking for new and improved ways of reducing its carbon footprint, then contact us today.