The draft CCP has clearly set out the Scottish Government’s vision for a low carbon Scotland and the overarching framework for achieving emissions reduction targets.
Much of the progress to date in reducing Scotland’s emissions derives from changes in the power generation sector. Achieving further significant progress will need progress in areas that require active consumer involvement.
The CFU is concerned that by considering only urban logistics systems and not the operation of logistics systems in rural areas, the draft CCP risks damaging outcomes for rural consumers of postal services - specifically parcel deliveries.
The relevance of delivery consolidation centres to rural areas should be considered, as there is potential to reduce both emissions and consumer costs.
Policy intended to drive investment in low emission technology by logistics firms must consider the rural context as well as the urban, or there is a risk of further detriment to rural consumers when compared to urban consumers.