In its Vision for Decarbonising Road Freight document, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) sets out what it believes is needed to bring about fundamental change, including “clear rules” to support investment.
It sets out a hierarchy of eliminate – minimise – offset.
This means eliminating carbon emissions from freight movements where possible; where this is not practical, minimising carbon emissions, and offsetting any remaining emissions that have not been eliminated.
It calls on the Government to work with industry to “commit as soon as possible to creating a freight transport decarbonisation road map”.
This is essential, the RHA says, to give hauliers and their customers confidence to invest in zero-carbon measures by removing the concern that the regulatory framework could “retrospectively undermine that investment”.
Logistics UK, formerly the Freight Transport Association, says its priorities for the environment include working with the Government to provide a definition of an ultra-low emission truck, to encourage the development of ultra-low technologies, and to provide a central standard for local authorities looking to go beyond the clean air zone standards.
It also calls for a definition of ultra-low smission fuels, support for alternative fuels, support for larger capacity vehicles, and investment in rail and water freight to encourage model shift.