While Britain is still a part of the European Union, we continue to closely monitor its commitment to helping the freight industry to reduce emissions. Last week, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) voiced its approval of the European Union’s low emission mobility strategy.

The EU recently communicated that it will be setting out “clear and fair guiding principles to member states” in order to prepare for a greener future. Pauline Bastidon, Head of European Policy at the FTA, welcomed the introduction of a framework for the industry and said that an “adequate rollout of infrastructure for alternative fuels is key for us and can go a long way in helping the logistics sector reduce its carbon footprint.”

Currently, the freight transport needed to distribute various goods around the globe contributes to seven percent of global carbon emissions. This is a significant amount, but also means that, as an industry, we have a real opportunity to lead the world’s goals to reduce the impact of fossil fuels on our environment.

Although it’s not easy, there are many ways we can and do look to reduce carbon emissions, such as by improving vehicle design, calculating better route efficiency, using different modes of transport across various terrains on a single route, and introducing low-carbon fuels.

Furthermore, many of these measures provide an excellent return on investment for the industry, meaning that we can continue to provide freight and courier services to our customers in the future, whilst also ensuring that we contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.

As a company that takes emissions very seriously, we will be paying close attention to how the European Union’s new guidelines progress. Although the United Kingdom is soon to leave the EU, we will still be able to lead by example and take a leading role in saving our environment from the impact of fossil fuels.