Environment

News and opinions on how trucking industry impacts the environment

Mega-lorries would mean greener logistics

The government’s proposal to increase the maximum weight of HGVs to 48 tonnes is being seen as a positive move towards greener road haulage. It will also help progress the conversation about how the logistics sector reduces its carbon emissions and costs. The introduction of longer trailers would certainly reduce the number of commercial vehicles on UK roads – a positive step for the environment. It would also bring a number of business benefits including an increase in road freight so truck drivers are able to move goods to their end destinations quickly and more efficiently. Currently, UK lorries can be up to 13.6 metres in length and 44 tonnes. The new proposed length would see trailers of up to 15.6 metres, weighing up to 48 tonnes. Each year, HGVs on UK roads clock up a staggering 17....[Read More]

RHA responds to climate change report

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has responded to a new report on climate change by calling for recognition of the essential role that road transport plays in the UK economy.

Switching to renewable fuel a ‘no-brainer’ for the HGV sector

Do you give much thought to your carbon footprint as an HGV driver?

Covid-19 and its impact on etruck development

The impact of the global pandemic will be felt for years to come as businesses and industries struggle to overcome its economic impact.

Gas-powered trucks not as good for the environment as claimed

Remember when truck makers told us liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered trucks were better for the environment than diesel trucks? 

Europe’s most dangerous air pollution zones

Air quality is a major concern in Europe’s cities. Diesel vehicles have been identified as the main source of this pollution and Euro standards have been set for vehicle emissions

Brussels must do more to boost green truck production

A group of European giants including Nestle and Unilever is calling on Brussels to help them tackle the problem of road freight emissions.

Britain to build prototype electric truck

A Swedish start-up hoping to shake up the trucking industry with electric trucks has chosen the UK to build its prototype vehicle.

Trucks are getting longer – and that’s a good thing

The road haulage industry needs to reduce its CO2 emissions and the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has a plan.

CO2 targets for trucks currently unachievable

The EU has proposed ambitious CO2 emissions targets, but without the recharging and refuelling infrastructure for electric and alternatively-powered trucks, those targets may not be reached...

Renault’s 2019 models comply with CO2 emissions regs

Renault’s Euro-6 Step D-compliant drivelines for its new 2019 models deliver fuel savings compared to current generation trucks.

Truck makers become less critical of EU’s CO2 regs

Truck makers have toned down their criticism of Europe’s regulation on CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. Did they have a change of heart? Perhaps, but it was more likely to be the result of mounting pressure from regulators.