Treasury advised logistics have key role to play in net-zero future

Logistics UK has made its submission ahead of the government’s Spending Review, arguing that logistics has a key role to play in delivering a net-zero future by bringing in the technologies of tomorrow, such as advanced biofuels, electric vehicles and hydrogen applications.

The 2021 Spending Review, which will conclude next week (27 October 2021) alongside the Autumn Budget, will be one of the most important in the UK’s post-war history, says Logistics UK.

The main points for the road transport sector are:

• Transport infrastructure spending is a key area for enhanced public spending. Roads need to be improved and facilities need to be provided for professional drivers.

• A commitment to large-scale testing of alternative fuel options is needed to facilitate the delivery of the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, published in the summer.

• Investment in the UK’s borders through IT systems and staffing is also needed to ensure post-Brexit trading arrangements are optimised.

• The government should continue to provide a supportive environment for private sector investment in warehouses, maritime ports and airport infrastructure.

• Government intervention is needed to enhance the electricity supply. As the path to decarbonising HGVs is less clear, Logistics UK calls for large-scale demonstration projects to be funded with industry support.

“Given the impacts of Covid-19 on our economy and challenges to public finances, there have been few Spending Reviews in the post-war period more important than this one,” said Elizabeth de Jong, director of policy, Logistics UK.

“That is why Logistics UK has made a full and thorough submission to HM Treasury, detailing all of the areas which we believe require government investment in order for the logistics sector to play its vital role underpinning economic activity in the UK.”