Logistics UK: infrastructure required to decarbonise logistics

At the Logistics UK Future Logistics Conference this week, Transport Minister Trudy Harrison MP announced £200 million in new funding for zero emissions HGV trials. The money is to help with the logistics industry’s efforts to decarbonise the supply chain.

Logistics UK however said that there needs to be suitable charging and other infrastructure in place to help the industry reach the government’s carbon reduction goals.

Logistics UK’s Acting Deputy Director of Policy, Michelle Gardner, commented: “Logistics businesses are committed to decarbonising their operations, but to ensure a smooth transition, they need clarity on the path to zero tailpipe emission HGVs; the trials announced today will play a crucial role in identifying the right technological solutions to help enable this. Now, Logistics UK is urging the government to ensure the necessary supporting infrastructure and regulatory framework will be in place to make the use of these vehicles feasible for logistics businesses.”

At the same time, Harrison also announced the publication of a call for evidence on derogations to the 2035 phase-out of diesel HGVs weighing more than 26 tonnes. Harrison explained: “We should not impose change in the wrong place, on the wrong vehicle, on the wrong journey at the wrong time.”

Gardner responded: “Given the breadth of the vehicles used across the logistics sector, and scale of innovation required to reach net zero, Logistics UK is pleased that government will be consulting with industry to identify potential exemptions to the 2035 phase out date.”

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