Logistics UK wants a long-term plan from government for utilising Low Carbon Fuels (LCFs) across transport modes.
Speaking following a parliamentary roundtable on LCFs, chaired by Transport Committee member Greg Smith MP, the business group highlighted the need for a low carbon fuel strategy if decarbonisation targets are to be met.
Kate Jennings, Director of Policy at Logistics UK, said, “The logistics industry is fully committed to the UK government’s decarbonisation targets and is looking to work productively with government to ensure the plans are achieved.
“During the roundtable meeting, members from all modes of transport highlighted the need for a low carbon fuels strategy to enable the sector to meet the phase out dates for traditional vehicle fuels and technologies.
“To date, LCFs have received significantly less attention in policy and political debate than electric vehicles. However, current battery technology is not widely available in every type of logistics vehicle, and LCFs can provide a viable option for reducing carbon emissions by up to 80% with immediate effect, without significant vehicle modifications needed. With several LCF options available, it is now vital that the government works with the sector to agree the way forward, so businesses can invest in decarbonisation in confidence.
“At the meeting, members urged government to publish a long-term plan for utilising LCFs across transport modes. This should be evidence-based and look beyond tailpipe emissions to the carbon emissions impact of the whole fuel lifecycle. It is also vital that it is backed by investment in infrastructure, research and development and a clear regulatory framework.”