Wholesalers step closer to decarbonisation

Colin Smith

The Scottish Wholesale Association is moving into Phase 2 of its decarbonisation project designed to help members and the wider wholesale sector become greener and more sustainable.

With plans to decarbonise the wholesale food supply chain and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, if not before, Phase 1 of the Decarbonisation of the Wholesale Industry Project saw the SWA examine the emissions associated with its members’ vehicle fleets via a survey. The results will be analysed to calculated individual wholesaler’s carbon footprint.

Colin Smith (pictured), SWA Chief Executive, said: “We will then present various options to our members so we can discuss the best way forward on our journey to decarbonisation. In addition, we are in the process of creating a bespoke toolkit to help members calculate, estimate and keep track of their own vehicle fleet emissions.”

Phase 2 will examine emissions generated from buildings, including warehousing, cold storage and offices, and the energy consumed by them. A questionnaire has been sent out to the membership and the results, combined with those of Phase 1, will enable the SWA to calculate the carbon footprint of the wholesale sector in Scotland.

The SWA is collaborating on the decarbonisation project with its affiliate member the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and its members, which include the developers, producers, manufacturers and infrastructure engineers of hydrogen fuel cell and alternative fuel source products.

Also involved in the project are ULEMCo, which aims to bring hydrogen technology to commercial fleets by converting traditional diesel-powered trucks to hydrogen dual-fuel technology; Arcola Energy, a specialist in hydrogen and fuel cell systems; and East Lothian-based Logan Energy which designs, commissions, installs and maintains hydrogen refuelling stations.

STG July 2021