HGV industry wants to cut global carbon emissions

Hauliers want to transport more goods to British companies in a bid to create more jobs, rather than travel overseas adding to worldwide C02. Speaking at the Society of Motor […]

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By Janet Knight

Hauliers want to transport more goods to British companies in a bid to create more jobs, rather than travel overseas adding to worldwide C02.

Speaking at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Jack Semple, director of policy at the Road Haulage Association said: “We want to support, improve and revitalise the UK manufacturing industry, which will create jobs, wealth and help to reduce global carbon.”

He said RHA members were already keen to be carbon friendly: “For our members their trucks are their main business. Fuel is 25% of running the truck, so they want to do what they can to optimise their use of fuel.”

Mr Semple told delegates that there was no enthusiasm within the industry for capturing carbon reporting allocation. He said: “Many members report it but they do not see any value in it. They see it as a way for large manufacturing retailing companies to exclude some of their smaller competitors.”

He said individual companies are introducing eco-driving to assess driving competencies and performance, as well as benefiting from routing and scheduling expertise.

With regards to buying cleaner trucks, he said the RHA was happy to work with the government to research, develop and test new technologies.