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Section 6

Pathway 3: Moving to low carbon logistics

Logistics is the vital link between raw material production, manufacturing, retailers and customers. Transport and storage facilities deliver products safely and efficiently to the UK market from global supply chains, with movements of goods conducted by road, rail, sea and air. Efficient logistics networks are key to successful retail operations delivering on quality, product availability and price.

The movement of high volumes of goods also presents a significant climate impact. Transportation has been a long-standing focus of customer concerns over climate, with ‘food miles’ being top of the agenda in the early 2000s. Since then, understanding has moved on to show that logistics typically account for less than 10% of a retailer’s total carbon footprint. However, irrespective of relative impact, emissions from transportation are significant in aggregate and highly visible to customers, so there is keen interest from society at large over how the climate impact for moving goods can - and should - be tackled.

Thank you to DP World, our Pathway 3 Partner

DP World in the UK is at the heart of Britain’s trading future, providing the right trading infrastructure and smart logistical solutions for our customers. We believe in the UK market and have the ambition and the resources to boost growth, support businesses, create jobs and improve living standards.

We have created a high-quality integrated business – two deep water ports with freight rail terminals at London Gateway and Southampton, a rapidly expanding logistics park, and an advanced software business providing online links to customers and border control.