The importance of the UK logistics industry in delivering a cleaner environment has been outlined at the inaugural Future Logistics Conference & Expo.
Organised by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the one-day conference brought the brightest minds from the UK logistics industry together in one place to debate all factors that will shape the sector in the next few decades.
During the day, David Wells, Chief Executive of the FTA – which represents in excess of 17,000 members – outlined his vision for the sector’s future, including the aim of achieving zero atmospheric emissions and almost no deaths or injuries caused by freight movements by 2050.
The drive towards greater road safety and zero deaths is reminiscent to the Vision Zero strategy that Transport for London (TfL) is committed to, while the ambition to hit zero emissions is in line with the government’s Clean Air Strategy, which is trying to tackle pollution and reduce this level.
Speaking at the conference – which also explored managing people in a connected world; developing strategies to optimise operations; technologies and the future of transport – David Wells, emphasised the target of achieving zero emissions.
He said: “FTA has already established a framework to propel the logistics sector into a bright and innovative future, defined by technological progress, safety, compliance and employee welfare.
“With the support of government, businesses and the wider logistics community, we aim to create an industry that has the systems in place to constantly adapt to meet the ever-evolving needs of consumers; future tools are utilised to unlock every possible inch of efficiency; talented and skilled workers are attracted to join the sector; and we achieve zero atmospheric emissions and near zero deaths and injuries from freight movements.
“And we aim to do this all by 2050.”
The conference gained huge support from Multimodel 2019 and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.