Zero emissions achievable by 2050, says FTA

Zero emissions achievable by 2050, says FTA

The UK's logistics industry has a key role to play in delivering a cleaner, safer environment for all, including achieving zero emissions by 2050. This was the key message from the Freight Transport Association’s inaugural Future Logistics Conference & Expo earlier this week.

Setting out his framework for the future of logistics at the conference, FTA Chief Executive David Wells said the twin aims of zero atmospheric emissions and near zero deaths and injuries from freight movements are achievable by 2050.   

He said: "FTA has already established a framework to propel the logistics sector into a bright and innovative future, defined by technological progress, safety, compliance and employee welfare.  With the support of government, businesses and the wider logistics community, we aim to create an industry that has the systems in place to constantly adapt to meet the ever-evolving needs of consumers; future tools are utilised to unlock every possible inch of efficiency; talented and skilled workers are attracted to join the sector; and we achieve zero atmospheric emissions and near zero deaths and injuries from freight movements.  And we aim to do this all by 2050."  

He added: "From self-driving vehicles to artificial intelligence, the world around us is changing fast and the logistics sector is embracing new technologies and solutions quickly.  As the only event of its kind, Future Logistics Conference & Expo armed companies with the toolkit required to embrace our brave new world; empowering them to reap the opportunities on offer but also protect against the challenges ahead, including Brexit and worsening skills shortages.”  

The one-day conference and expo, which took place in Warwick,  brought together some of the key influencers from across the logistics sector to debate what will shape the industry in the coming years.  

The event also provided a showcase for some of latest emerging technologies in the freight industry, which are set to be introduced across all transport modes. 

With more than 20 leading speakers taking part - including experts from the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and the Transport Research Laboratory - the conference explored three main themes: managing people in a connected world; developing strategies to optimise operations; and tools, technologies and the future of transport.    

The event was also supported by Multimodal 2019 and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Speakers included: 

• Iain Forbes, Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Department for Transport 

• Gordon Telling, Head of ULEV and Energy, Transport Research Laboratory 

• Justin Laney, General Manager of Fleet, John Lewis Partnership  

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