CILT - Environment & Sustainability

Environment & Sustainability Forum

Chair: Geoff Clarke FCILT

Environmental sustainability is an increasingly critical issue for businesses, worldwide...and therefore for transport and logistics professionals.

Our chosen definition: Sustainability = enough, for all, for ever    

  • Issues include resource availability risks and ecosystem degradation
  • New, sustainable business models present supply chain challenges
  • Transport is a key energy user and pollution contributor
  • Congestion and modal shift present UK infrastructure challenges
  • Climate change (and whether caused by humanity) is still hotly debated

The Forum's purpose is to support awareness of the critical importance of environmental sustainability, and position  CILT as a key provider of reliable and thought-provoking information:-

  • Promote new thinking and research
  • Share best practice
  • Highlight regulatory issues
  • Encourage debate
  • Link to Subject Matter Experts in business, government, academic and NGO organisations.

Want to find out more?

If you would like to get involved with the CILT Environment & Sustainability Forum or have any questions then please contact


Reports & Presentations

Hydrogen for Heavy Duty Transport in the UK 2021 

Question Report

Net Zero Emissions in freight transport by 2050 through Alternative Fuels and other technology

  • Net Zero Emissions in freight transport by 2050 through Alternative Fuels and other technology (Geoff Clark, AECOM) - View here
  • Greater Manchester clean air plan (Richard Banks, TfGM) - View here 
  • Assessing the feasibility of Electric Fleets (Rebecca Powell, ARUP) - View here 
  • The case for Natural Gas and biomethane Vehicles (Martin Flach) - View here 
  • Electromobility by Renault trucks (Graham Neagus, Renault Trucks UK Ltd) - View here 
  • Volvo trucks UK and Ireland (Mark Collins, Volvo Trucks) - View here
  • Net-Zero Carbon - Can we get there before 2050? (Steve Tainton, Wincanton) - View here 

Vision 2035 2018 Presentations

  • Global Challenges, Future Cities (Chris Choa – Principal, Cities & Urban development - AECOM) - View here

  • Climate Change, Planetary Boundaries (Myles McCarthy, Managing Director, Implementation Service - Carbon Trust) - View here

  • Future Supply Chains & Global Trade (Professor Ed Sweeney, Director - Aston Logistics & Systems Institute) - View here

  • Zero Carbon Transport: Policy/Enablers (Brian Robinson FCILT, Consultant, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership - View here

  • Decarbonizing Pathways (Myles McCarthy, Managing Director, Implementation Service - Carbon Trust) - View here

  • Future Highways & Transport Systems (Alistair Hunter, Director, ARUP - View here

  • Modal Switch (Julian Worth CMILT, Director, Transworth Rail; Chair - CILT Rail Freight Forum) - View here

  • Low Carbon Logistics (Catherine Weetman FCILT, Founder – Re-Think Solutions) - View here


Food Logistics Sustainability Masterclass, Foodex Conference, Tuesday 25th March 2014

  • Designing waste out of the food supply chain, Catherine Weetman FCILT, Re-Think Solutions – View here
  • Energy from Waste – Bio Fuel, Robert Brocklesby, Brocklesby – View here
  • Energy from Waste – Feedstock, technology and product, what factors need to be considered? Stuart Hayward-Higham, SITA UK – View here
  • Sustainable Packaging, Michael Bonin, Campden BRI – View here
  • Full event write up – View here


Project SCALE final UK conference: Securing a Step Change in Agri-Food Logistics, 16th April 2015, Cranfield University, Bedford.

  • Re-thinking strategies to future-proof supply chains, Catherine Weetman FCILT - View here


Electric Vehicles and Eco Cars: Solutions for Green Growth, 11th April 2014 - London Metropolitan University


Maritime Matters – A Joint CILT ITS Event, Newcastle University, 25th June 2013

  • Application of AVL Bus Technology to London River Services - Mauro Manela & Terry Hewlett - View here
  • Maritime Matters Intro & The Scotland to the SE Canal Concept - Geoff Clarke - View here
  • Port of Tyne - Richard Newton - View here
  • The Manchester Ship Canal - Dennis Henderson - View here
  • UK Short Sea Shipping Connections, RoRo / Containers - Peter Baker - View here
  • Why ITS are relevant to the Maritime Sector - Gary Umpleby - View here


Sustainable Food Logistics Event, Brunel University, Middlesex, 23rd May 2013

  • Sustainable Supply Chains: Re-think & Re-design - Catherine Weetman - View here 
  • Port refusals of bulk food commodities - Dr Elizabeth Jackson - View here 
  • Moving towards transparency and integration - Gerhard Schiefer - View here 
  • Pressures & Opportunities for Sustainability in Food Logistics - Chris Sturman - View here 
  • Right-shoring back to the UK: a good strategy? – 14th March 2013 – Unipart, Oxford - View here


Supply Chain Environmental Performance & Network - 3rd July 2012 - University of Westminster

  • Winning Through Better Sustainable Supply Chain Design - View here
  • Change, Cost and CO2 (Leveraging Sustainability for Change) - View here
  • Network Design to Optimise for the Future - View here
  • Optimising the use of Rail Freight - View here
  • Workshop Outputs - View here

Focus Magazine Articles

Focus Magazine Articles

  • Environment and Sustainability Forum Focus Article - February 2020 - View here
  • Vision 2035 Invitation - August 2018 - View here
  • New technologies feature at low-carbon road transport event - February 2018 - View here
  • Solar-energised roads are within reach – August 2016 – View here
  • The Sustainability Games – July 2016 – View here
  • The Circular Economy: Securing Tomorrow’s Resource at Yesterday’s Prices – January 2016 – View here
  • Freight: Switching on to a Clean Future or Switching off Future Demand? – September 2015 – View here
  • Preparing for a Zero-Carbon Economy – August 2015 – View here
  • Cycling in the City: decarbonising urban delivery and collection, by Paul Davison, January 2015 – View here
  • Final UK SCALE Conference: achieving supply chain sustainability for food and drink companies, January 2015 – View here 

CPD Related Events

Oxford Leadership Programme: Global Challenges in Transport

Join us on this series of four indepenent programmes, providing a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the major challenges facing transport over the next 20 years, and to revolutionise how you think about developing the solutions. Be exposed to the latest thinking from field-leading university experts, meet global industry leaders, network with peers and participate in in-depth debate and discussion - all in the unique environment of Said Business School, University of Oxford.
  Find out more

Useful Links

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations - will your business be affected? 

  • ESOS is the government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme which is being brought in as a result of European legislation to cut carbon emissions. Try looking at the ESOS: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme - Carbon Trust website here or at the ESOS website here

Reducing Transport Emissions

  • GHG information from UK Government, Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Measuring and Reporting GHG emissions - Quick guide for transport operators – View the guide here
  • Guidance on measuring and reporting Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from freight transport operations (77 pages) – View the guide here
  • GHG Conversion Factors – View the report here
  • Freight Transport Association, UK (FTA) Low Carbon Reduction Scheme – View here
  • Transport for Scotland is running a driver training scheme to encourage energy efficient driving, including an app to help you monitor your progress – View website here
  • United States “Smartway” program

Modal Shift

  • CO3 Co-modality program “The mission of CO³ was to encourage a mind change in the competitiveness and sustainability of European logistics by stimulating horizontal collaboration between European shippers”

Waste Reduction

General Sustainability Information

  • United Nations Environment Programme  
  • United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Supply Chains website “a one-stop-shop for business seeking information about supply chain sustainability”  
  • WWF Living Planet Report 2014 – View report here
  • Global Footprint Network – calculate your own ecological footprint, see how your country compares to others
  • Carbon Disclosure Project “the largest collection globally of self-reported climate change, water and forest-risk data”


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