The RHA has released its latest decarbonisation policy paper for commercial vehicles, titled Eliminate-Minimise-Offset.

Within the report, low carbon fuels are predicted to play a critical role on the journey to Net Zero.

Furthermore, it outlines a number of practical asks to both the UK Government and industry. 

These initiatives are designed to help commercial vehicle operators make the transition towards Net Zero.

For example, RHA has called on the government to support low carbon fuels.

The association sees them as a positive interim step towards a cleaner environment for the country. 

There is an admission about the longer-term technical challenges to introduce zero emission commercial vehicles on to our roads. 

However, RHA argues that there are steps hauliers can take now to slash their emissions. 

Appropriately-sourced and regulated low carbon fuels is one given route, for instance.

Continuing, the decarbonisation policy paper also wants a bigger focus on what it calls the ‘whole carbon lifecycle’ of a vehicle. 

In short, RHA believes that a focus solely on zero tailpipe emissions ‘distorts accountability’.

The paper is one of three core campaigns for the RHA, as well as skills and facilities.

It will be released ahead of the Low Carbon Fuels Strategy, which was promised by the UK government by later this year.

Additionally, it calls for greater cooperative working so that zero emission vehicles can be trialled by as many operators as possible. 

RHA says it will work with truck makers to accelerate the transition towards Net Zero.

Commenting, RHA’s managing director, Richard Smith, underlined the efforts being made in going green. 

“The RHA and the industry as a whole is working tirelessly to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. 

“But it’s not just a case of looking to the future, interim change is just as important,” he stated.