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AN event, raising awareness about the transition to ‘net zero’ in the rail and road freight industries, was officially opened by Graeme Dey, Minister for Transport, at Mossend International Railfreight Park.
Taking place during COP26 and finishing on Transport Day at the global conference, ‘Low Carbon Logistics’ is a three-day event to showcase the drive to net zero emission supply chains taking place in Scotland and the UK.
Graeme Dey, Minister for Transport in Scotland, said: “In Scotland, there is a can-do attitude to rail freight both in terms of projects and initiatives.
“I hope that we’ll all learn more about that over the next few days. Rail and road freight need to work together on the shared challenges… we need to work on new business models and to push innovations in the industry.”
The event has welcomed high-profile individuals from the transport sector, with exhibitors in attendance including national rail freight companies and road gauliers, amongst others.
Speakers who have already taken to the stage include Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, Morwen Mands, head of Sustainability at Highland Spring Group and Paul Sheerin, chief executive of Scottish Engineering.
Low Carbon Logistics will showcase the effort of businesses and organisations across the UK as they aim to achieve zero emission transport and supply. Supported by Network Rail, Transport Scotland, Mossend International Railfreight Park and Scottish Enterprise, the event will centre around the naming of new electric and sustainable fuel locomotives.
David Stirling, director of Peter D Stirling Ltd, Mossend International Railfrieght Park operator, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Low Carbon Logistics, the first event of its kind and part of the critically-important COP26 event taking place in Scotland.
“Our event programme will not only show the real progress in rail logistics, but also highlight what’s needed on the journey to carbon reduction and ultimately carbon-free supply chains throughout Scotland, the UK and beyond.
“This is an once-in-a-generation opportunity to pull together to drive a more sustainable future and mitigate the impact of climate change. We urge everyone who visits to embrace the opportunity to deliver low carbon logistics.”
Low Carbon Logistics supports both the Scottish and UK Government’s vision for a zero-carbon supply chain network and a more competitive and efficient rail and road freight sector.
The event provides an opportunity to share ideas and innovation and create a platform to explore how supply chains can become more sustainable within the freight industry as businesses continue ‘Pulling together for net zero’.
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Graeme Dey MSP, Minister for Transport, Scottish Government
Low Carbon Logistics officially opened by Graeme Dey, Minister for Transport
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