Wolseley joins low carbon club

Published:  15 January, 2010

LEAMINGTON SPA: Wolseley UK has become one of the 12 founding members of the Freight Transport Association's new voluntary carbon reduction scheme, which was established after the lack of progress made at the recent Copenhagen climate summit.

The Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) is based on the measurement of fuel usage in each business that is converted into carbon dioxide emissions, using government-approved conversion factors. Benchmarking the logistics sector's carbon footprint is designed to give policy makers a reliable evidence base for future carbon reduction strategies.

The scheme deals initially with carbon dioxide emissions from the use of diesel in road vehicles but will be extended to other greenhouse gases and other modes of transport in the next few months as awareness and confidence in the scheme grows.

Wolesely, along with other big-name companies such as Boots and EDF Energy, will now submit its fuel data for FTA for analysis to provide an accurate picture of the logistics sector's carbon footprint.

FTA president Stewart Oades said: "Climate change is too important to ignore and in the absence of international agreement over how to tackle it, the logistics sector has grasped the nettle. We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and FTA has positioned itself at the vanguard for carbon reporting and, subsequently, reducing its footprint."

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