SWA sustainability project moves into second phase

The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has moved into the second phase of its decarbonisation project designed to help members and the wider industry become more sustainable.

With plans to decarbonise the wholesale food supply chain and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, if not before, the first phase of the decarbonisation of the wholesale industry project has seen the SWA examine the emissions associated with its members’ vehicle fleets via a survey. The results will be analysed to calculated individual wholesaler’s carbon footprint.

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Colin Smith, SWA chief executive, said: “We will then present various options to our members so we can discuss the best way forward on our journey to decarbonisation. In addition, we are in the process of creating a bespoke toolkit to help members calculate, estimate and keep track of their own vehicle fleet emissions.”

Phase 2 will examine emissions generated from buildings, including warehousing, cold storage and offices, and the energy consumed by them. A questionnaire has been sent out to the membership and the results, combined with those of Phase 1, will enable the SWA to calculate the carbon footprint of the wholesale sector in Scotland.

“We are looking at various aspects of decarbonisation and a particular focus of phase 1 was on Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) and Electric Vehicle (EV) technologies. phase 2, which is shining a spotlight on energy and buildings, is now in progress and it is heartening that many SWA members are already forging ahead with their own plans to make their own fleets and buildings more sustainable and environmentally friendly.”

For example, SWA member Lomond will be trialling a fully-electric vehicle in November in the Glasgow area to coincide with the global COP26 climate change conference. Working with SWA and ULEMCo, Lomond hopes to adapt and initialise what is Scotland’s first private sector hydrogen-powered truck.

Smith added: “All of this gives SWA a baseline and allows us to draw a route map to net zero for our sector which we will then present to the Scottish Government and its agencies, including Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and HIE, to hopefully release some of the targeted £109 million Scottish Government funding set aside for business investment in greener technologies.”

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.


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