Promises of a brighter, greener future

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Members of the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS) cut their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2017 by an average of 4%.

The latest annual report on LERS reveals that its 134 members (responsible for operating over 88,000 commercial vehicles) cut their average kg of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per vehicle kilometre to 0.72 from 0.75 in 2016.

Available at lers.org.uk, the Logistics Emissions Review 2018 also shows that LERS members now have close to half of both their lorry (48%) and van (44%) fleets based on Euro 6 models.

That means that they are able to use both the increasing number of Clean Air Zones (CAZs) being introduced by local authorities and the London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Formerly known as the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme, the LERS initiative is supported by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) with the aim of recording, reporting and reducing carbon emissions from freight transport.

“LERS is setting a positive example to the industry and is paving the way for a brighter, greener future,” FTA Environment Policy Manager Rebecca Kite said.

The average emissions from LERS members are close to 13% lower per vehicle km than the industry average and fuel costs are 13% lower than the industry as a whole, she explained, which shows what can be achieved with determination and the right support.

Although there is still much to be done to achieve national emission reduction targets, Ms Kite added, the report shows that the logistics sector is heading in the right direction.

Year-on-year, LERS members show progress, she concluded, with further reductions anticipated as they continue their efforts to become more efficient. More information about LERS is available at lers.org.uk.

Last reviewed 9 January 2019

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