Rail and Road Freight Industries Pull together for COP26 Trade Event

An event raising awareness about the transition to Net Zero in the Rail and Road Freight industries has just been announced for November 2021. Taking place during COP26 and finishing on Transport Day at the global conference, ‘Low Carbon Logistics’ is a three-day industry event to showcase the drive to net zero emission supply chains taking place in Scotland and the UK.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. The summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Low Carbon Logistics will take place at Mossend International Railfreight Park on Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th November and is part of the official COP26 programme. ‘Transport Day’ at the global conference will focus on the drive for a global effort to transition to zero emission supply chains.

Low Carbon Logistics will showcase the effort of businesses and organisations across the UK as they aim to achieve zero emission transport. Supported by Network Rail, Transport Scotland, Mossend International Railfreight Park and Scottish Enterprise, the event will centre around the naming of new electric and sustainable fuel locomotives. The event is expected to welcome high-profile individuals from the transport sector with exhibitors in attendance including National Rail Freight Companies and Road Hauliers, amongst others.

Wednesday 10th November will act as a skills and recruitment drive supported by Skills Development Scotland. The event will showcase new technologies and innovation in the industry in a bid to encourage interest and promote career possibilities within the sector.

David Stirling, Director of Peter D Stirling Ltd, Mossend International Railfrieght Park operator, said:

“We are delighted to be hosting Low Carbon Logistics, the first event of its kind and part of the critically important COP26 event taking place in Scotland.

Our event programme will not only show the real progress in rail logistics, but also highlight what’s needed on the journey to carbon reduction and ultimately carbon free supply chains throughout Scotland, the UK and beyond. This is a once in a generation opportunity to pull together to drive a more sustainable future and mitigate the impact of climate change. We urge everyone who visits to embrace the opportunity to deliver low carbon logistics.”

Over the next few years, Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) will expand the already established rail logistics operation to provide a further 2.2 million sq ft of low carbon, 24/7 distribution, logistics and manufacturing space.

Scotland currently has some of the most ambitious plans in terms of climate legislation in the world. The 2030 target of 75% reductions goes beyond what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes says is needed globally to prevent warming of more than 1.5 degrees.

Low Carbon Logistics supports both the Scottish and UK Government’s vision for a zero-carbon supply chain network and a more competitive and efficient rail and road freight sector. The event provides an opportunity to share ideas and innovation and create a platform to explore how supply chains can become more sustainable within the freight industry as businesses begin ‘Pulling Together for Net Zero.’

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