Ambition 2025 – Transport

Our Ambition: Reduce the environmental impact of our members' transport operations, whether from own fleet operations or third party hauliers, in terms of both carbon intensity and air quality Aspects.

Embed a fewer and friendlier food miles approach within food transport practices.

Following the success of the FDF Five-Fold Environmental Ambition we have updated our Fewer and Friendlier Food Miles 10 Point Checklist covering a range of environmental standards including those which contribute to a reduction of nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions. We will encourage members to embed this Checklist within their own transport operations and/or ask their third party hauliers to do so.

As part of our Five-Fold Environmental Ambition transport commitment, FDF members have already been making a contribution to the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) administered by the Freight Transport Association. This scheme is currently on track to meet its carbon intensity reduction target for 2015.

We will be encouraging the Freight Transport Association to work towards setting a further target beyond 2015 and once agreed, will consult with members on aligning our new ambition to it.

FDF will also continue to work with other stakeholders to encourage greater collaboration and sharing of best practice around transport and logistics activities, including IGD's Efficient Consumer Response Programme and its Reducing Wasted Miles initiative.


As a member of the LCRS, Warburtons has carried out an award winning project to install a telematics system across its 750 strong secondary distribution fleet to reduce fuel and carbon emissions. The company used Mercedes-Benz FleetBoard telematics system and also implemented FleetBoard's Vehicle Management Performance Analysis Program which provided detailed feedback on the performance of each truck and driver.

Factors such as vehicle weight and routes as well as driving characteristics including harsh braking, over revving and gear changes were recorded. Initially the FleetBoard system was trialled in five vehicles, delivering an 8 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions, exceeding expectations. A second trial including 30 vehicles confirmed this reduction was a realistic target.

Drivers were scored, enabling them to be trained accordingly and site champions drove local engagement. Two FleetBoard employees joined the implementation team to steer the whole process. Following roll out across the entire secondary distribution fleet, the project achieved great results, reducing diesel consumption by 11% over the last 2 financial years, giving a reduction of 4028 tonnes of CO2.

As a result of the introduction of this system, Warburtons was proud to be named Fuel Efficient Operator of the Year at the LCRS awards (2015).

"Our family values are at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and FDF's Ambition 2025 closely aligns with our approach to business. Our award winning FleetBoard telematics system has significantly cut our carbon emissions, contributing to our wider objectives in improving outcomes for our people, our business and the communities we work with."

Brett Warburton
Executive Director, Warburtons

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Last reviewed: 12 Oct 2016