With the UK Government aiming to reach net-zero emission by 2050, as well seeking ways to limit other non-environmentally friendly practices, many industries are coming under pressure to cut their contribution in the pursuit of this overall target. As part of the wider transportation space, the trucking industry has a large part to play in this.
In this article, we explore some of the environmental solutions and opportunities available to the UK trucking industry and how they may play out in the coming years.
With just 0.5% of all licenced vehicles in the UK being ultra-low emissions, the transport industry has a long way to go to reach its target. Although there is a major focus on environmentally friendly cars, the trucking industry also has several solutions available in the space of clean fuel.
Although we may not see them widely available across the UK for some time, Tesla has already released a super low emission semi. This development opens the door for innovation and could be the catalyst required to drive change in the way trucks are made.
More immediately, other cleaner fuels are already available for use in the UK market. For example, Waitrose already uses trucks which are fuelled by biomethane, a bi-product of rotting vegetable waste.
Cleaner fuels are just part of the solution when it comes to creating a more environmentally friendly trucking industry in the UK. Increasing the efficiency of the trucking process itself also has a key role to play.
Newer trucks are now being built to a much higher specification of efficiency, with better aerodynamic designs and lightweight materials. We are also seeing truck drivers becoming more aware of environmentally sound styles of driving, with many of them receiving training as a result of the potential money-saving implications.
Equally, new technologies, software and connected networks could be leveraged to increase efficiency in trucking. This would work by allowing different businesses to work together to ensure that fewer trucks are on the road without cargo, meaning all journeys have a purpose.
Ultimately, all forms of additional efficiency will also lead to cost savings for the trucking businesses which adopt them. As well as offering the potential to grow by working with others to pick up more business.
Waste Removal & Transport
Waste plays a huge part in environmental health and the trucking industry plays a large role in the transportation and disposal of this waste, such as those used for skip collection.
One of the biggest problems with skips is the fact that a considerable amount of recyclable material will usually find its way into the skip. Although the trucking business may not be directly responsible for this, finding ways to educate their customers on how best to deal with this sort of waste can help limit environmental damage.
The physical transportation of waste also plays a role in fuel emissions. One way to offset much of this is to invest in fuel-efficient vehicles. However, there is also something to be said for investing in used vehicles which have been fully refurbished, like those supplied by MHF, as prolonging the life of a vehicle also mitigates the emissions associated with building a new truck.
As the UK pushes forward towards a more environmentally friendly future, the trucking industry will be expected to play its part in reducing emissions and limiting any potentially harmful waste.
The solutions we have outlined in this article are useful reference points for forward-thinking trucking businesses that want to get ahead of the curve and put in place the sort of environmental solutions that are likely to become common in the coming years.