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Small transport business needs to improve emissions control

The Green Transport Network has launched a new website through uShip aiming to assist small and medium sized transport businesses move towards sustainable better emission control. It promises to reduce the 14% of transport emissions resulting from the 3.24million van fleet of the country.

Vans now outnumber HGVs by 8 to 1 on our roads following a 38% increase in the number of vans since 2001. The expanding van fleet accounts for 17 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

The new site will assist van operating companies in measuring their carbon output and offer eco friendly driving tips thereby helping them with their emissions and costs. It offers advice on offsetting unavoidable carbon emissions. A lack of clear understanding on eco driving has brought about the new site according to uShip.

Vans make a meaningful contribution to the economy with one in every three van miles being used for the collection and delivery of goods here. Greg Archer, managing director of Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, said the use of low carbon vehicles and fuels, and reducing empty running, will cut unnecessary CO2 emissions.

Greener delivery techniques have already commenced at DPS Transport by running their vehicles on biodiesel thereby cutting their emissions by half. By showing that his business is taking steps to reduce the impact on the environment helps to attract more customers and repeat business. David Sergeant, company CEO, said customers are also trying to be more eco friendly and their actions help in the procurement of business.

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