National postal operator Royal Mail has joined the UK’s Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) to help minimize the carbon footprint of its road freight delivery vehicles.
The LCRS scheme is managed by the Freight Transport Association, a free voluntary initiative to record, report and reduce carbon emissions from freight transport. It has more than 100 members, accounting for 77,000 commercial vehicles. Joining the scheme will allow Royal Mail to engage with other logistics companies of all sizes to share best practice.
Royal Mail currently has the largest fleet in the UK with over 49,000 vehicles. The post has already taken steps to manage its carbon footprint, including making all new Royal Mail heavy goods vehicles meet aerodynamic specifications that can reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%. The company recently invested in 300 Cartwright Cheetah Fastback Trailers and has engaged with the manufacturer to select a lighter weight trailer design.
Paul Gatti, fleet director, Royal Mail, said, “Joining this voluntary scheme shows that Royal Mail acknowledges the carbon impact of its fleet and that we are very committed to managing it. It is also crucial that we continue to explore new ways to improve our fuel efficiency and reduce our impact on the environment given that we cover every single part of the UK.
“Our new relationship with the LCRS gives us an opportunity to share what we are doing and, equally, to learn from the best practice of other members.”
March 3, 2016