According to a recent poll, the clear majority of UK transportation companies are committed to aggressively decreasing their carbon emissions over the next five years.

As orginally reported by Motor Transport, the report concluded that 94% of transportation and logistics businesses will try to become green by 2027, albeit the proportion drops to two-thirds when asked if they are actively adopting net-zero policy. When asked which technologies they intended to use, 55% stated battery electric cars were the most financially feasible green answer. This was followed by 42% citing AI and data learning throughout operations as the most likely solution, with 29% of transportation businesses favouring real-time data sharing across the supply chain.

The study, conducted by telecoms provider Neos Networks, also revealed industry divisions over whether the government’s 2050 net-zero aim can be met, with 55% optimistic about the deadline and 45% sceptical. For 61% of enterprises, the main impediment to meeting the aim was high investment expenditures, followed by worry that some shippers preferred lower prices over greener practises.

“We regularly talk to leaders in the transport sector, and hear about the challenges they face when it comes to decarbonisation.Smart tech, AI and real-time data are already being introduced by many to enable them to become more efficient. These can be important first steps on the road to achieving net-zero.” said Joanne Green, Neos Networks Sales Director.

“There are ways to ‘go green’ in the industry by electrifying fleets, however, this comes at a substantial capital cost to the organisation,” said Kerry Fawcett, iCompario digital director. “A soft route into this will be through the use of technology and insights into operating behaviour of vehicles and drivers to better understand how this can be improved. Reducing idling hours, monitoring fuel usage and insights into driver behaviour will give leaders granular detail to make environmentally aware decisions regarding the use of their carbon-emitting assets.”