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 party hauliers.

FDF's 10-point checklist for Greener Food Transport

  1. Maximising vehicle loading
  2. High ratio of trailers to tractors
  3. Compliance with the latest EU emission standards
  4. Use of vehicle tracking technology
  5. Collaboration to reduce empty running
  6. Record and avoid difficult drop points
  7. Increasing usage of rail and/or ship
  8. Encourage innovation and best practice
  9. Driver training
  10. Vehicle maintenance including retention of correct tyre pressures

Read the full checklist

Case studies: Transport


KelloggIn 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 environmentallyfriendly canal service.

In its quest for fewer, friendlier miles, Kellogg is also part of a pilot project 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