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Freight & Logistics - Going Green

With the eyes of the World on Glasgow for the COP26 conference this week, climate change and how to tackle it is on everyone’s minds.

Did you know that global freight transport is currently responsible for 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions, rising to 11% when emissions from logistics sites are included? And this figure continues to rise.

Before the pandemic, flying made up about 7% of overall emissions and shipping about 3%, but we do not know a great deal about how the government plans to reduce them and there are no specific targets for these sectors.

The CCC says the government needs to freeze demand for flights and should publish a strategy to cut emissions from freight transport, aviation and shipping.

But the government says people can keep flying, and claims that technology yet to be developed should allow domestic flights to be almost emissions free by 2040, and international aviation to be near zero-carbon by mid-century.

In July 2021, the UK Government announced funding to boost the country’s transition to zero emission road freight, supporting the industry and creating jobs.

Pioneering £20 million zero emission road freight trials, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate UK, will help to develop innovative solutions to support the uptake of zero emission trucks.

Meanwhile, a hydrogen fuel cell feasibility study, led by Arcola Energy Ltd, will design a possible future trial of hydrogen fuel cell trucks and new refuelling infrastructure in Scotland.

These projects, along with 4 other successful feasibility studies, aim to prepare for a potential demonstration of zero emission freight technologies at scale on UK roads and will support the rollout of zero emission technologies to decarbonise heavy transport vehicles.

Commercial vehicle manufacturing company Leyland Trucks will be deploying 20 DAF battery-electric trucks for use by public sector organisations to support the uptake of battery-electric trucks, enabling learning to be gathered from field testing vehicles in a real-world, real-time logistics environment. The investment in an interactive tool will de-risk, aid and encourage fleet operators to convert to battery-electric vehicles. This is an important step in the transition to zero emission road freight.

An initiative by Rail Freight Forward led by Europe’s freight operating companies as part of its commitment to boosting climate protection is Noah’s Train, the world’s longest mobile work of art, that has been travelling through Europe since December 2018 stopping at various cities in Europe.

Europe’s freight operating companies are using this special train, which was inspired by Noah’s Ark, to promote the movement of more freight traffic via rail in the interests of the environment.

Sylvie Charles, CEO of TFMM Rail and Multimodal Freight Transport, said: “Today’s freight transport in Europe equals 275m tonnes of carbon emissions every year. We urgently need to do something about it. The solution exists, and it’s about making more use of rail freight. We need an increase in awareness from the public, which is why Noah’s Train is an invitation to having more freight transport via rail.”

This initiative organised by Rail Freight Forward involves partners including PKP Cargo, DB Cargo, SNCF, Lineas and the Rail Cargo Group, who came together on this project to promote and increase rail freight movement from 18% to 30% by 2030.

As per Rail Freight Forward, Noah’s Train, the world’s longest mobile artwork, is designed to draw attention to the coalition’s goal of shifting 30% of freight to rail by 2030 – “because rail freight is the only possibility to combine economic growth with climate goals“.


Noah´s Train is going around the world - Rail Cargo Group Blog

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