UK port operator Peel Ports has launched a carbon emission initiative, Cargo200, outlining opportunities for cargo owners, importers and exporters to reduce freight mileage.
With this new development, Peel Port is calling on the UK freight and logistics industry to alter supply chain and services routes to minimise freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years.
Peel Ports Group commercial director Patrick Walters said: "We have looked at the geographical demand for goods in the UK, comparing the point of entry of those goods into the country with the end destination and calculating the carbon emissions and potential savings.
"The reality is that 50% of demand for all UK cargo comes from the northern half of the UK, including Scotland and Ireland – not really surprising as 35 million people, including many in Ireland, live within 240km (150 miles) of Liverpool."
Therefore the majority of cargo intended for the north currently has to be transported through road or rail, resulting in hundreds of additional miles, he added.
The port operator will help the industry players to cut the cost of inland transportation by shifting current delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the centrally located Port of Liverpool.
This will help cargo owners to save up to £400 a container by altering supply chain routes, the company stated. Peel Ports is to recruit up to 200 cargo owners, importers and exporters to support the campaign.
Walters added: "From our modelling, based on the journeys currently undertaken by these cargoes, it has been possible to project that at least 200 million road miles could be saved over the next five years.
"We are calling on cargo owners and operators to ‘act green’ and support this very important initiative."