Asda joins logistics carbon reduction scheme

Leeds, UK: Supermarket Asda is the latest company to the Freight Transport Association’s Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme.

Asda, along with 55 other businesses in the scheme provide, fuel usage, fleet and activity data to help the logistics sector paint an accurate picture of its own carbon footprint, something that has never been done before.

Chris Hall, national transport manager for Asda, says: “The opportunity to utilise this scheme to further develop our collaborative relationships in the industry and to set our agenda in relation to fleets and fuels of the future is vitally important.”

Major high street retailers, third party logistics providers and utility companies currently comprise the scheme’s participants.  Datasets from each are collected routinely by operators to manage their businesses, so the administrative burden of providing data is minimal.

Scheme members commit at a senior director level to participate in the scheme and to have their data independently verified by FTA as part of the reporting process.  In the first annual report of the scheme, emissions from the sector were tracked from 2005 to 2009 and participants in the scheme committed collectively to an 8% reduction in the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions by 2015 (compared to 2010 levels).  Future annual reports will monitor the progress towards this target, with the next report due in late January.

Simon Chapman, chief economist, at the Freight Transport Association, says: “It is great to have a heavy hitter like Asda backing the scheme and it reflects how seriously the industry is taking its role in the carbon reduction agenda, after all, CO2 from freight accounts for a third of all transport emissions.

“Our first report revealed that progress has already been made through driver fuel efficiency training, use of bio fuels and increases in vehicle carrying capacity.  With fuel now accounting for around 40 per cent of the costs of running a truck, greater fuel efficiency that results in cutting carbon dioxide emissions is a prize every operator should be aiming for.”