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The UK was the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.

The target will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Net zero means any emissions would be balanced by schemes to offset an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as planting trees or using technology like carbon capture and storage.

It is reported that almost 80% of all goods that we consume travel across the country in vans and trucks. Contributing more to the problem than any other sector, transport produced 27% of total UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2019, according to data from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Of this, HGVs (18%) and vans (17%) together were responsible for more than a third (35%).

What does this mean for the Logistics Industry?

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) believes its sector “can achieve net-zero by 2050” through a range of measures recommended to government and others in its latest report, Routes to Net-Zero 2050: 2020 Year End Summary. The report includes twenty-one recommendations for action covering all transport modes and activities.

Many operators are already taking important steps to help lower greenhouse gas emissions across their operations by investing in lower carbon fuels and technologies, switching to electric or hybrid vehicles and by changing their business practices to improve the efficiency of their fleet operations, encouraging good driver behaviours to lower fuel consumption and emissions.