The contribution of transport to the environmental impact of food
production is frequently over-estimated and in most cases accounts for only a small percentage of total footprint. But it does add directly to costs and also 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 achieve fewer
and friendlier food transport miles by including
environmental standards in their food transport
practices, whether undertaken by third party
hauliers or provided by their own fleet. These
improvements reflect the FDF 10-point checklist
for Greener Food Transport which remains at the
heart of our transport commitment.
During 2013 we realigned our transport ambition
to include making a contribution to the Logistics
Carbon Reduction Scheme target to reduce the
carbon intensity of freight operations by 8% by
2015 compared to 2010. This was in order to
maintain a hard target now that the IGD HGV mile
saving target had been achieved in 2012. The
Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme is a collective,
voluntary initiative, managed by the Freight
Transport Association, open to any business
which purchases fuel for one or more commercial
vehicles. Results for the first year of the Scheme
showed that it delivered a 2.8% reduction in overall
CO2e emissions in 2011 compared to 2010.
This suggests that the Scheme is well on track to
meeting its 2015 target.
We are now looking at further opportunities to
publicise the work of FDF members involved in the
Scheme with a view to generating more support
from food and drink companies and/or their third
FDF's 10-point checklist for Greener Food Transport
- Maximising vehicle loading
- High ratio of trailers to tractors
- Compliance with the latest EU emission standards
- Use of vehicle tracking technology
- Collaboration to reduce empty running
- Record and avoid difficult drop points
- Increasing usage of rail and/or ship
- Encourage innovation and best practice
- Driver training
- Vehicle maintenance including retention of correct tyre pressures
Read the full checklist
Case studies: Transport
In 2013 Kellogg used the Manchester Ship Canal to transport 2,500
containers of food, helping lower road miles 85% on this route,
saving over 44,000 road miles.
Kellogg has shipped products through the Port of Liverpool for three years
and now uses Peel Ports' 'green highway network', a special
In its quest for fewer, friendlier miles, Kellogg is also part of a pilot
testing longer semi-trailers for delivery. Each truck can hold 15% more product
than a typical truck. Smaller customer deliveries have also been added to the
mix, enabling a more sustainable route to market.
These changes are estimated to prevent the equivalent of 80 tonnes of carbon
emissions per year and Kellogg already deploys the longer trucks on one key
UK route and endeavours to roll out this project across other routes.
The focus on improving the environmental sustainability
of its transport network has enabled Kellogg to take
hundreds of trucks off the road while delivering food
exactly where it is needed.
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Last reviewed: 16 Dec 2013