Transport accounts for around a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Retail relies on road, maritime shipping, aviation and rail to transport goods inbound from suppliers but also, with the growth of online, increasingly from distribution centres to customer.  

Our Low Carbon Logistics Pathway looks at how retailers can reduce their transportation carbon impacts, in particular 

  • Final (or last) mile solutions and how these can be made more energy efficient
  • Switching to less environmentally damaging transport options 
  • Pressing government for clearer indications around future HGV options to give retailers confidence to back technologies. You can see our response to the Infrastructure for Zero Emission HGV and Coaches

Final mile Solutions

Many retailers rely on third party delivery partners to take an order from the distribution centre to a customer’s home or place of work. Whilst convenient for customers, this can be carbon intensive. BRC members have been exploring how to reduce carbon in that final journey through low carbon vehicles, street-portering and community hubs. 

Find out how BRC members are reducing their final mile carbon impact.

Alternative Transport

One rail freight journey can remove 76 HGVS from the road so it makes sense to focus on lower carbon alternatives where possible. Our work with BearingPoint looks at how retailers can reduce their maritime shipping emissions and examines alternatives such as rail freight.  

View our Future of Net Zero Shipping and Use of Rail webinar  

View our Future of Net Zero Shipping and Use of Rail guide  

View our maritime and rail checklist  

Need some inspiration? View our Climate Action Showcase Transport and Logistics winners’ case studies 

Listen back to our webinar Cutting Carbon in Transport and Logistics with Tesco and Asda