Today the Freight Transport Association (FTA) hosted its annual Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) conference and awards event. LCRS is a voluntary industry-led approach, led by the FTA, to reduce carbon emissions from freight transport by recording and reporting reductions in CO2 emissions.

Intermodality formed part of the the judging panel for the 2013 LCRS awards and this year was invited by FTA to sponsor one of the 5 awards – the award for Breakthrough in Modal Shift, recognising the company which has made the greatest achievement in switching freight from road to rail, inland waterway or maritime transport.

Presenting the award to Caroline Sindrey, Group Distribution Environmental Manager for Tesco, Intermodality Managing Director Nick Gallop said:

“I am pleased to be here today to present the Breakthrough in Modal Shift award, sponsored by Intermodality.

This Awards goes to a company that is making significant use of rail transport. Working closely with rail service providers and suppliers, and having a dedicated rail account manager, has enabled this company to operate five trains running six days a week. Fifty per cent of product is delivered from its rail-linked national grocery distribution centre in Daventry, to other regional distribution centres and stores. This takes significant mileage off the road network, saving carbon emissions.

There are also steps for the company to move goods by short-sea shipping. By transporting goods from Poland direct to Teeside, this completely removes the need for road transport in the UK for these products. Trains and short-sea journeys have therefore saved over 5.5 million road miles. This is an impressive case of modal shift to reduce carbon emissions and I’m delighted to present this award to Tesco.”