Measures - Freight

The Department for Transport (DfT) sets regulations for freight transport. The DfT also manages initiatives such as freight grants to encourage the transport of freight by rail or water rather than by road; a practice that aims to reduce pollutant emissions, amongst others

In air quality action plans, where HGVs emissions are high the development of Freight Quality Partnerships (FQPs) is a key measure for consideration. By means of such partnerships industry and local government can work together to develop more efficient, safer and cleaner means of local goods distribution. Good Practice guides and case studies can be found at the Department for Transport website (opens in a new window).

The Freight Best Practice programme, funded by DfT offers free advice for the freight industry covering topics such as saving fuel, developing skills, equipment and systems, operational efficiency and performance management - visit Freight Best Practice: your route to operational efficiency (opens in a new window).

An example of how a local authority worked to lower emissions from its own fleet is available to download:
Actions to Reduce Emissions and Improve Efficiency (PDF 460Kb)

Eco-driving programmes are known to reduce emissions and save fuel. SAFED (Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving) programme aims to help businesses and organisations to enhance their driving techniques. Visit the website at the SAFED website (opens in a new window).