Liverpool2 project to cut carbon emissions and costs
North West ports operator, Peel Ports, has launched a major carbon emission initiative, Cargo200, and is calling on the UK freight and logistics industry to rethink supply chain and services routes in order to reduce freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years.
“The reality is that 50% of demand for all UK cargo comes from the northern half of the UK, including Scotland and Ireland – not really surprising as 35 million people, including many in Ireland, live within 240km (150 miles) of Liverpool.
“The Port of Liverpool is strategically important as the most centrally located port in the UK. Yet only 8% of goods arrive in the UK through this route. That means the majority of cargo destined for the north currently has to be transported via road or rail, incurring hundreds of additional miles, burning fuel, creating road congestion and adding to carbon emissions and costs.
“With the opening of Liverpool2 planned for December, there is a viable and cost effective alternative which we are urging cargo owners and logistics operators to consider.
“Investments in transport infrastructure, road, rail and canals are already supporting the accelerated growth of businesses in the north, but taking advantage of these opportunities means making a conscious shift in today’s supply chains and services. That shift is primarily to bring cargo closer to markets, thereby cutting the costs, carbon emissions and congestion resulting from inland transportation.
“From our modelling, based on the journeys currently undertaken by these cargoes, it has been possible to project that at least 200 million road miles could be saved over the next five years. We are calling on cargo owners and operators to ‘act green’ and support this very important initiative.“
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