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Logistics: Latest Green Round Up

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Along with an increasing number of firms and employers we work, we are placing sustainability at the heart of our operations. Not only that, we are helping others do the same: we have recently won a contract to run a sustainability champion bootcamp in Liverpool City Region. The course will give participants the skills to develop a carbon reduction plan in their place of work. Find more details below.

Awareness of how green issues play out in the industry is critical. Here we summarise some developments across warehousing, freight and logistics that we found interesting. 

Local firms helped towards net zero

Our neighbour, St Helens Chamber, is supporting local businesses to develop a clear action plan to reach Net Zero and help achieve the UK’s ambitious goals. In 2023, with soaring energy prices, there is set to be an added benefit to pursuing this route. 

They say: “No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and your running costs.” 

Find out how the Chamber can help your business here, or get in touch with your local branch.

Giant firms rush to announce reduction of emissions in supply chain

One of the world’s biggest drinks manufacturers is making several changes to its logistics operation. Pepsico says the steps will deliver a 1,200-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to its UK supply annually.

The consumer giant has set itself the goal to power more than one million miles of truck journeys in the UK each year with used cooking oil. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil will replace diesel on delivery partner tucks. CircularOnline has the full story.

Likewise, international parcel delivery firm DPD aims to switch all diesel HGVs to renewable biofuel by the end of 2023. Like Pepsico, trucks will be fuelled by advanced hydrotreated vegetable oil, reports UK Haulier

DHL Parcel UK has taken delivery of six fully-electric trucks and 30 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tractor units, both from Volvo Trucks. Logistics UK says this is part of a £64 million investment in a green heavy fleet to help DHL meet their parent group’s sustainability targets.

Sustainability Champion Bootcamp

The team here at TRS Training Ltd are running Transport Manager/Sustainability Champion Skills Bootcamps in the Liverpool City Region, allowing suitable logistics personnel to gain the Transport Manager CPC level 3. 

The 12-week programme also gives delegates the skills to develop and implement a carbon reduction plan in their company. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority subsidises this Bootcamp course, and enrollment is from just £345.60 +vat. Find out full details.

Consumer demands drive green action

Retailers report that consumer demands continue to grow.

According to Retail Gazette, the end user is constantly looking for a faster, better and greener service. With consumers wanting orders from a click of a mouse to their doorstep with the least time and friction imaginable, supply chains are key. 

As we move into 2023, consumer satisfaction and the environment will be served by well-thought-out logistics solutions, explains the article

Apprentices flying the flag for green issues

We were impressed by this write-up about apprentices in Lancashire who helped a college switch to a renewable heating system. The Level 3 Apprentices gained recognition at a special celebration event. Thanks to the Lancashire Telegraph for giving these two young Apprentices the recognition they deserve. 

Green credentials play an increasing role in attracting the best talent. Job seekers want to work with firms that demonstrate corporate social responsibility. In 2023, we will showcase apprenticeship employers in the logistics sector that have embraced the green agenda. Please tell us what your organisation is doing to reduce environmental impact. And if you are an employee on a TRS apprenticeship programme involved in green initiatives for your firm, please share your news on social media using #TRSNetZero, #NetZero and #RHAenvironment.

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