The Green Transport Network is a campaign that has been launched by uShip, the transport marketplace, and it has been set up to help van drivers reduce their carbon emissions. It suggests several cost-saving business practices that will help offset their CO2 emissions.
The campaign makes it very easy for van drivers to be able to calculate how much carbon they are emitting and it will suggest ways for them to reduce the cost of transporting things. There is also a way for them to sign up to be ‘green transporters.’
Estimates by Defra have said that the number of vans in the UK over the last decade has exploded and now they are accounting for nearly 15% of all transport occurring on the roads. They also highlighted how over 10% of the time vans have no cargo in them, meaning a great waste of carbon emissions taking place.
David Sergeant is a Power Provider with uShip and has stated, “I cut my CO2 emissions by half by using bio diesel in my vans. It also helps me save my fuel costs as it is significantly cheaper than regular diesel at around only one pound a litre. The money I save on this I generally use to buy more environmentally friendly products for the rest of my business, such as biodegradable bubble wrap.
“Generally, environmentally friendly products are more expensive but this is something that my customers appreciate and I believe it is one of the reasons why I get continuing business. uShip allows me to find packages that need delivering on routes that I’m already running so that I can get the most use out of my van.”