Driving forward from COP26 – How Fleet Operators can adapt operations and lower carbon emissions

This month marks the COP26 Climate Change Conference, where attending representatives from across the world are commiting to goals for ending their contribution to climate change. With the array of reports and statements about targets and projections whirling around, it is easy to become overwhelmed if you work in logistics and fleet management. So, what does it all mean? And what changes are we all going to need to make in the logistics sector?

Decarbonisation of logistics

A number of pledges and commitments have been made so far at COP26, including a memorandum of understanding for zero emission medium and heavy duty vehicles. While COP26 is still ongoing, deals are not yet finalised and compromises are still being made, but draft statements are calling for the acceleration of phasing out fossil fuels. 

Realistically, road freight is likely to remain the main mode of transport for logistics into the future, and it is clear that the industry has a lot to do in order to become carbon neutral. The world of electric vehicles, hydrogen power, alternative fuel sources, and other technological advances are going to need to become a reality for us all in order to achieve the targets that have been discussed.

If you work in the transport and logistics sector, the thought of transitioning your fleet to a carbon neutral operation may fill you with fear. Electric vehicles require investment, and for many of us working in the sector, they simply do not meet the requirements we have for our vehicles right now. As Logistics UK shared at their Route to Net Zero webinar, we need a ‘fair and equitable solution’ for the switch to electric to be achievable.

Small steps add up

While the larger picture can seem unattainable in the current climate, we believe that small, manageable steps are a great way forward to improving your environmental impact within your current operation. Reducing your fuel usage is the most obvious first step in the journey to lower your carbon footprint. This may be achieved through having the right tyres, changing the driving style of your drivers, and minimising unnecessary journeys. 

But where does Truck Smart come in?

Mobile fleet washing services enable you to reduce mileage and fuel consumption, while still keeping your vehicles in tip-top condition. Vehicles are no longer required to make individual journeys or detours to a truck wash, and are washed in one visit, directly at your site. We helped one of our customers reduce their mileage by almost 5000 miles, equating to over 8.5 tonnes of carbon. 

As a business operating within the transport industry, at Truck Smart we understand the needs and requirements of your business, and what’s more will be facing many of the same challenges as we move forward from COP26 and towards the Net Zero world. While there may be a huge mountain to like to decarbonise fully, small steps can add up to make a big difference. To discuss how we may be able to support you to make a move in the right direction and reduce your mileage when it comes to vehicle maintenance, please get in touch. 

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