Freight Transport Association (FTA) is one of the UK’s largest trade associations and represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. Boasting a rich heritage, FTA can trace its origins back to 1889 and and during 2014 celebrated 125 years as the voice of the freight and logistics sector. The Association has been supporting the interests of the transport industry since it was originated. FTA members operate more than 200,000 goods vehicles – almost half the UK fleet. In addition, our members deliver over 90 per cent of freight moved by rail; and 70 per cent of UK visible exports by sea and air. Additionally, FTA manages the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme, a voluntary initiative to record, report and reduce carbon emissions from freight transport. The LCRS’s Annual Awards celebrate the individual efforts of members to reduce carbon emissions. 2014 winners’ included DHL Supply Chain, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Turners (Soham) Ltd.
Building on a long standing relationship with Heriot-Watt University, FTA was proud to become one of the first consortium members of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight. FTA welcomes a research centre that is dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of road freight transport and providing opportunities for decarbonising freight.
As both UK Government and the European Commission set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets, freight transport is expected to play its part in reducing emissions. It is vital that industry can respond with leading edge research identifying how the freight sector can contribute to reducing emissions.
“FTA is delighted to be a consortium member of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, which leads on relevant and much needed research projects to identify the best decarbonisation options for the sector. The level of support from operators and retailers and the calibre of the academics involved is also impressive. We need to answer the big questions in transport in order to contribute to national climate change reduction targets. For instance, we need to solve the issue of empty running; to know where emissions legislation will go next; and to know what impact specific decarbonisation interventions will have if they achieve widespread adoption.”
– James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive
Benefits of membership
The main benefits to FTA of participating in SRF are:
- Research is set by consortium members so asks the relevant questions that industry needs to know
- Research is provided by two leading universities of expertise, Heriot-Watt University and Cambridge University, who specialise in logistics and engineering respectively
- The Centre can help progress the development of FTA’s Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme and our wider Carbon Policy.
- Working on developing better ways to measure carbon efficiency per load in the LCRS and involvement in an industry carbon reduction roadmap.
- As a consortium member, FTA can represent the needs of its membership in tackling carbon reduction.