SWA decarbonisation project moves into second phase

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

Colin Smith: ‘We are looking at various aspects of decarbonisation.’

Phase 1 of the ‘Decarbonisation of the Wholesale Industry’ project has seen the SWA evaluate the emissions associated with its members’ vehicle fleets. The results are being analysed and the wholesalers will be presented with various options to help reduce their emissions.

In addition, the SWA is creating a toolkit to help members calculate and keep track of their own vehicle fleet emissions.

Phase 2 will examine emissions 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.

SWA chief executive Colin Smith commented: “We are looking at various aspects of decarbonisation. A particular focus of phase 1 was on Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) and Electric Vehicle (EV) technologies. Phase 2, which is shining a spotlight on energy and buildings, is now in progress and it is heartening that many SWA members are already forging ahead with their own plans to make their fleets and buildings more sustainable and environmentally friendly.”

For example, SWA member Lomond: The Wholesale Food Co will be trialling a fully-electric vehicle in November in the Glasgow area to coincide with the global COP26 climate change conference. Working with SWA and ULEMCo, Lomond hopes to adapt and initialise what is Scotland’s first private sector hydrogen-powered truck.

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 HFC and alternative fuel source products.

Smith added: “All of this gives SWA a baseline and allows us to draw a route map to net zero for our sector which we will then present to the Scottish Government and its agencies, including Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and HIE, to hopefully release some of the targeted £109 million Scottish Government funding set aside for business investment in greener technologies.”

In addition to ULEMCo, which aims to bring hydrogen technology to commercial fleets by converting traditional diesel-powered trucks to hydrogen dual-fuel technology, the SWA is working with 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.

Tel: Scottish Wholesale Association 0131-556 8753



Published Date: July 6, 2021
Category: Wholesale Industry News