The Bigger Picture
Transport Logistics form the backbone of the UK economy, facilitating the smooth movement of goods and enabling trade. Embracing sustainability practices within this crucial industry becomes imperative to minimize carbon emissions, enhance air quality, and protect our natural resources. HGVs make up 6% of all vehicle miles in the UK however their emissions account for nearly 20% of that produced by all transport on the road emitting some 21.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) last year.
Corporate sustainability is a priority at JJX Logistics. We must meet the needs of the present, for our customers and employees, without compromising future generations in meeting their needs. We embrace the three pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental and social. For us they are interlinked and co-dependent which is why we endeavour to constantly improve our environmental performance by setting targets, whilst tracking and monitoring our performance in meeting these targets.
The 2030 Target
In February 2023, the European Commission proposed ambitious new CO2 emissions targets for new heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) from 2030 onwards. These strengthened emissions standards would ensure that this segment of the road transport sector contributes to the shift to zero-emissions mobility and the EU's climate and zero pollution objectives.
The Commission proposes phasing in stronger CO2 emissions standards for almost all new HDVs with certified CO2 emissions, compared to 2019 levels, specifically:
In line with the European Green Deal, this proposal will also have a positive impact on the energy transition, by lowering demand for imported fossil fuels and enhancing energy savings and efficiencies in the EU's transport sector. It will provide benefits for European transport operators and users by reducing fuel costs and total cost of ownership, and ensure a wider deployment of more energy-efficient vehicles.
To reach our climate and zero pollution goals all parts of the transport sector have to actively contribute. In 2050, nearly all of the vehicles on our roads have to be zero-emission. Our Climate Law requires it, our cities demand it, and our manufacturers are gearing up for it.
We're making sure that new trucks are becoming less polluting. Fighting the climate crisis, enhancing the quality of life of our citizens, and boosting Europe’s industrial competitiveness go hand-in-hand.
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal
When it comes to transportation at JJX Logistics, we focus on three elements. The valuable goods in the back, the experienced driver in the front and the environment around the vehicle as it travels. Each are just as important as one another. We understand the growing concerns with the environmental impact that road haulage has in the UK and are in regular dialogue with clean energy experts as we look to develop our own sustainable future.
Our Green Mission Statement:
To use energy from renewable sources for our premises and to exponentially invest in electric vehicles on target to meet the European Green Deal. We will also play our part in educating and advancing the future of our industry supporting CILT’s Generation Logistics.
Electric Vehicle Revolution
We're thrilled to announce the addition of our first ever all-electric vehicle, designed to revolutionise last-mile deliveries in city centre. Embracing the latest technology, this eco-friendly Mercedes eSprinter marks a significant step towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and pledge towards building a greener future by #DeliveringGreener.
As further breakthroughs are reached with more sustainable transportation are backed up by a stronger infrastructure across the UK, our vision is to extend electric mobility to middle and longer distance delivery converting our already fuel efficient fleet with zero emission replacements over the coming years. This will allow us to continue providing industry leading time-critical logistics solutions across Europe while maintaining our core commitment to sustainability.
Join us on our green journey as we pave the way for a cleaner, greener future!
The past 12 months have seen major investment modernising our vehicles to the latest industry leading fuel-efficient releases with more than half of our fleet now less than a year old. This includes our brand-new range of DAF XG+ models and IVECO 530 S-WAY’s, all equipped with top-of-the-line Euro 7 ready engines that not only comply with stringent emission standards but also ensure optimized fuel consumption, further reducing our environmental impact.
The latest update from our Samsara fleet management system has seen the introduction of a Green Band rating. With all of our vehicles fitted with an integrated monitoring system, we receive minute-by-minute data on engine idling, driving efficiency and fuel usage. The latest Green Band range now shows the optimum rev range for each type of small, medium and large vehicles allowing the drivers awareness into more economic and fuel efficient driving.
Q3 2023 Sustainability Report
Following our new corporate pledge in the summer of 2023, our compiled Q3 2023 Sustainability Report has shown strong improvements in working towards our longer term environmental goals. The instant success shows the positive impact #DeliveringGreener has had on our existing operations with new measures constantly being looked at to further improve them. A major factor in gathering the data is fleet management company Samsara’s state-of-the-art vehicle tracking software. The key results from the report showed...
What are the European Emission Standards?
Although emissions regulations date back to 1970, the first EU-wide standard known as Euro 1 wasn’t introduced until 1992 which limited the level of exhaust emissions a petrol or diesel vehicle can produce, thereby reducing its impact on the environment. It saw catalytic converters became compulsory on new cars, effectively standardising fuel injection.
The latest Euro 7 standard will be introduced on the 1st July 2025, bringing in the strictest standard yet with a particular focus on the emissions from brakes and tyres, restricting the amount of brake dust and tyre particulates released by all new cars. Electric cars and plug-in hybrids will also need to have their batteries assessed for longevity and tested to see how they change over time with regard to overall capacity as they do more miles on the road.
As part of our dedication to sustainability, we ensure that all our vehicles are Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) compliant. With 90% of our fleet less than three years old and 50% under a single year, we actively reduce emissions and energy consumption, demonstrating our commitment to staying at the forefront of eco-friendly logistics practices.
Furthermore, our expert team of route planners use industry leaders analytical route mapping software designed to plan efficient route operations and reduce unnecessary miles travelled leading to fuel savings and lower emissions. Across the board we are moving towards creating a whole eco-system for our logistics supply chain.
Collaboration is Key
We firmly believe that collaboration with our customers and other stakeholders is the cornerstone of achieving our corporate sustainability targets. Together, we can create a powerful synergy that drives positive change and fosters a more sustainable future. By actively engaging with our valued clients, suppliers, employees and local communities, we can gain valuable insights, share best practices and collectively work towards reducing our environmental impact.
Embracing open communication and partnerships allows us to develop innovative solutions, implement responsible practices, and inspire others within the industry to join us in our mission for a greener and more sustainable logistics ecosystem. Together, we can make a meaningful difference for generations to come.
ISO 14001 Certification
We are now in our 8th consecutive year being awarded an ISO 14001 by the British Assessment Bureau. First awarded to JJX in April 2015, we have demonstrated year after a year our continued commitment to building a more sustainable operation through our ever-improving Environmental Management System which new initiatives constantly being launched.
Creating the EMS has proven a fantastic exercise in foster teamwork throughout the JJX family in working towards a common goal. This focused approach has had a big impact in the way we do business and in retaining engagement with our existing customers and other stakeholders.
Corporate Sustainability Starts From Within...
Sustainability includes how you run your business and the bottom line for this is how you treat your people. At JJX, sustainability starts with our fantastic staff and the way they think and approach daily operations across each and every department.
We know that it is the individual people that really make us stand out in a crowded market and when it comes to our environmental impact, this couldn’t be truer.
John Donovan, Managing Director at JJX Logistics
Beyond the Fleet
In addition to heavy re-investment into electric vehicles and industry leading fuel efficient HGV’s, we are implementing a more sustainable-centric approach to operations closer to home including fitting new motion sensor lighting across our entire site, a cycle to work scheme and a complete adoption of paperless transport operations. At JJX, we have seen a complete shift in our core operations to put sustainability at the centre of them and this vision is only seen thanks to the positive attitude of our staff.
Join the Journey
At JJX Logistics, we are proud to be at the forefront of sustainable transport and warehouse logistics. Our dedication to environmental sustainability drives us to adopt innovative technologies, like electric vehicles and fuel-efficient engines, and to comply with the highest emission standards. As the transport industry evolves, we will continue to embrace eco-friendly practices, supporting the global effort to create a greener and cleaner future.
Join us on this journey towards a more sustainable tomorrow. Partner with JJX Logistics today, and together, we can make a difference for the environment and the generations to come. Contact us to discuss your transport and warehouse needs and become a part of our eco-conscious movement.