FTA Ireland says "Irish low carbon roadmap is good news for transport sector".

FTA Ireland has stated that they are thrilled at the announcement made by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS), that it has launched a public consultation on carbon reduction in the transport sector.

The Transport Sector accounts for 27% if the non-ets emissions in 2011 and a radical shift in transport patterns, fuel consumption and behavioural change will be required over the period to 2050.

Mr Alan Kelly TD, The Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport, recently announced the public consultation process on the preparation of a Low Carbon Roadmap for the Transport Sector. The consultation will pursue the views of the public to develop Irish Transports low carbon roadmap to 2050.

FTA Ireland's General Manager, Mr Neil Mc Donnell said “We are delighted at the DTTAS announcement, as FTA Ireland has been activity assisting its members in reducing their carbon footprint since 2010, when we introduced our Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS). We will be making a submission to the consultation, and in 2014 will intensify efforts to help reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector".

FTA Ireland is encouraging its members to participate in the LCRS seeing as it will help to reduce the production of Greenhouse gases (GHGs). FTAI and its partners in Enprova can secure capital incentives for any of its members who do so and will also recognise the efforts of those companies which institute reductions in their production of Greenhouse gases.

FTAI has said that it will increase efforts in order to help reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector, assisting members to use the five key levers for the Green house has reduction. They are as follows:

a. Increase fuel efficiency

b. Maximising vehicle payload

c. Minimising empty running

d. Monitoring carbon intensity of fuels

e. Optimising modal split (using lower carbon modes such as rail and water)