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FTA Ireland calls for coordination to decarbonise logistics

[ July 9, 2024   //   ]

It is vital that government and industry coordinate their efforts to provide vision and guidance if Irish fleet operators are to decarbonise successfully said FTA ireland in a new report, published on 9 July.

The report, Decarbonising the Road Freight Sector Ireland, has been written in partnership with Air Products, Gas Networks Ireland, Inver Energy and SSE.

It analyses current European and national legislation governing commercial fleet operations and provides advice for fleet operators to ensure a smooth transition to a zero- emission future, while still delivering for the Irish economy

FTA Ireland’s chief executive Aidan Flynn said: “Decarbonising our sector, and the wider economy, will be key to Ireland’s supply chain reputation and future competitiveness. The report we are launching today is packed with analysis and advice to provide operators with all the detail they require to make informed decisions about the route to Net Zero. The next few years will be critical to the success of Ireland’s decarbonisation plan, and this report provides all the detail both operators and policy makers will require to make informed decisions and develop a coordinated approach that benefits businesses and consumers.

“While our industry remains committed to decarbonising its operations and breaking the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels, goods will still need to be delivered to homes, schools, hospitals and factories – after all, our sector underpins all Irish economic activity, both at home and abroad.  To achieve our aim of Net Zero by 2050, it is imperative that we work in tandem with other areas of industry and government to develop the necessary infrastructure and legislative support framework to deliver what is needed in a relatively short timeframe.”

 Currently, few alternatives exist to enable logistics businesses to maintain Ireland’s highly-interconnected supply chain in a Net Zero world. A lack of available and affordable vehicles, a sparse network of refuelling operations and, indeed, lack of guidance as to the preferred fuel to be used are hindering the logistics sector from taking the next step on the road to cleaner air and these challenges will need collaborative, coordinated solutions from all sectors of the economy and government if the supply chain is to continue to operate effectively while changes are introduced.

Copies of the report can be obtained from FTA Ireland on +353 1844 7516.