Nearly 95% of logistics firms plan to cut emissions within 5 years

London, UK: Some 94% of UK transport and logistics companies are committed to actively reducing carbon emissions by 2027, according to a survey carried out by UK business connectivity provider and transport and logistics telecoms company Neos Networks.

When operators were asked which technologies they planned to adopt, the most popular solution was battery electric vehicles. More than half (55%) of companies stated they view battery electric vehicles as the most commercially viable green solution.

This was followed by 42% of firms who highlighted artificial intelligence and data learning as the most likely option, and 29% of companies who favoured industry-wide sharing of real-time data throughout the supply chain.

The 2022 Green Technology in Freight survey, carried out by Neos, asked business leaders at 34 of the UK’s top logistics companies for their insight on changes made since the government’s decarbonisation plan, what barriers they experience in meeting green targets and what the future holds for the industry.

The industry remains divided as to whether the UK government’s target of net-zero emissions in transport by 2050 can be achieved.

Half (55%) of respondents were positive about meeting targets, though 45% of operators are still to be convinced.

The greatest barrier to net-zero targets for three in five transport and logistics operators (61%) is high investment costs, followed by concern that some shippers are favouring lower costs over greener practices. In fact, 35% of operators stated that low costs being prioritised over sustainability is a significant obstacle to decarbonisation.

Kerry Fawcett, digital director at iCompario, says: “There are ways to “go green” in the industry by electrifying fleets, however, this comes at a substantial capital cost to the organisation. A soft route into this will be through the use of technology and insights into operating behaviour of vehicles and drivers to better understand how this can be improved.”

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