Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2014
The contribution of transport to the environmental impact of food production is frequently overestimated
and in most cases accounts for only a small percentage of total product footprint. But it
does add directly to costs and gives rise to a range of indirect effects, including traffic congestion. It is
therefore a very clear example of where improved efficiency makes good business sense for everyone.
Members have continued to reduce the
impact of their transport operations,
whether undertaken by third party
hauliers or provided by their own fleet
by including environmental standards in
their food transport practices.
These improvements are based on the
FDF 10-point checklist for Greener
Food Transport which remains the
cornerstone of our transport commitment.
Our 'hard' transport target is delivered
through members making a contribution
to the Freight Transport Association
administered Logistics Carbon Reduction
Scheme which aims to reduce the carbon
intensity of freight operations by 8% by
2015 compared to 2010.
Results for the second year of the
scheme showed that it delivered a 4.3%
reduction in average kg of CO2 equivalent
emissions per vehicle kilometre in 2012
compared to 2010. Projecting this
reduction forward suggests that the
scheme is on track to meet the target
early. Since there is a two-year lag in
reporting results from this scheme 2014
results will not become available until
We are continuing to look for further
opportunities to publicise the positive
benefits for FDF members involved in the
scheme with a view to generating more
support from food and drink companies
and/or their third party hauliers.
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Last reviewed: 23 Jan 2015