DFT Freight Portal

Helping freight operators reduce costs and emissions from your fleet

The Freight Portal has been created by Energy Saving Trust in partnership with the Department for Transport and Zemo Partnership.

The portal supports the UK Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan due to be published in Spring 2021 and previously the Department for Transport’s Road to Zero strategy by providing advice to freight operators and directing them towards a range of schemes to help achieve lower costs and emissions.

The Government’s Road to Zero strategy announced an industry-wide voluntary target for reducing heavy goods vehicle (HGV) greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2025, from 2015 levels.

The Freight Portal offers information and guidance to freight operators to help them meet this target.

Road transport accounts for 91% of transport related CO2 emissions of which HGVs account for 18% and CO2 emissions from HGVs have increased by 14% between 2012 and 2018, from 18.2MtCO2e to 20.7MtCO2e. HGV traffic increased from 15.5 billion miles to 17.1 billion miles in the same period. From an air quality perspective HGVs account for 13% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions for road transport (BEIS, 2018).

The Government is developing an ambitious plan to decarbonise transport. The Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP) will set out in detail what government, business and society will need to do to deliver the significant reductions need across all modes of transport, putting us on a pathway to achieving carbon budgets and net zero emissions across every single mode of transport by 2050.

The Road to Zero strategy was launched in July 2018 and the TDP will build on this strategy.

Major trade bodies such as Logistics UK (formerly the Freight Transport Association) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) support the voluntary target.