Ambition 2025 - Transport in depth
FDF members are committed to reducing the environmental impact of their
transport operations, whether from own fleet operations and third party
hauliers and to
embed a fewer and friendlier food miles approach within food transport
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.
FDF's 10 Point Checklist for Greener Food Transport
- What is my/your company's policy on maximising vehicle loading whether through
the use of double decks and/or longer semi-trailers for lower density loads or running at maximum gross weight for higher density?
- What is the ratio of trailers to tractors across my/your fleet given that a
high ratio can help reduce waiting times and lead to less trucks on the road?
- What is my/your company's fleet replacement policy and how long will it be
before all vehicles in the fleet comply with the latest EU emissions standard,
EU VI? What is the current % breakdown in use of EU IV, V and VI across the
- What use does my/your company make of vehicle telematics (including in cab
feedback) to minimise environmental impact? Does my/your company use tracking
technology to optimise transport operations and reduce vehicle miles? If so
- Does my/your company record empty running and, in turn, collaborate with
others, including by sub-contracting, to try and reduce it? What use does the
make of consolidation centres, freight villages and/or pallet networks etc. to
- What proportion of my/your company's current annual mileage/tonnage moved is by
rail and/or ship and what is its policy on increasing such transport usage?
- What does my/your company do in terms of supporting innovation and promoting
best practice to reduce environmental impacts and improve efficiency through
example development of more efficient vehicle design (including the use of
kits'), lubricants, refrigerants and low rolling resistance tyres?
- What are my/your company's policies/schemes on training and engagement with its
drivers to reduce environmental impact through better driving practices?
- What are my/your company's policies on vehicle maintenance given its relevance
to fuel efficiency? Where refrigerated transport is used what steps are taken
maintain the equipment and insulation to prevent and minimise leakage of
refrigerants? Which refrigerant types are used?
- What percentage of my/your company's fleet currently operates on alternative
fuels e.g. natural gas, biofuels and how does this breakdown by fuel type? Does
your company have plans to develop this aspect of the fleet?
"“The Freight Transport Association (FTA) manages the Logistics Carbon Reduction
Scheme, a voluntary initiative to record, report and reduce freight carbon
emissions. We welcome the FDF's checklist for Greener Food Transport to
fleet operators to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Fleet
operators can improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon by adopting a broad
operational efficiencies from driver training and aerodynamics to improved
routing and scheduling. Further reductions, though often challenging can also
through innovation, utilising green fuels and technologies and considering
Progress to 2015 under the Five-Fold Environmental Ambition
Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme
1. Only currently available as part of the Department for Transport's trial of
longer semi-trailers – see Longer semi-trailer trial
Last reviewed: 12 Oct 2016