Almost everything we rely on in our homes and our businesses has, at one time or another, been carried on the back of a truck. The effective movement of many and various goods and materials enables our economy to function, and to service this need there are 37,000 HGVs registered in Scotland, travelling motorways and city streets to deliver the goods that we need.
In response to the global climate emergency, haulage operators are beginning to explore technologies which will reduce both their greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs. Scotland offers real opportunities for clean, green energy, with abundant renewable electricity and sources of green hydrogen becoming available to fuel trucks of all sizes. However there is still a long way to go, with recharging/refuelling infrastructure a key challenge and limited information on real world performance of the new vehicles.
After consulting with a range of industry leaders, Transport Scotland has brought together a Zero Emission Truck Taskforce (ZETT) comprising leaders across road haulage and logistics operators, manufacturing, energy, and finance sectors. Over the next year, the Taskforce will identify the hurdles and opportunities offered by the transition to zero emission trucks. Working collaboratively, they will set out the steps required to enable a swift and just transition to new technologies, identifying where further development is required and exploring new business models.
The Taskforce met for the first time in May 2022, and includes representation from large and small haulage operators. We will update this page once the membership of the Taskforce is confirmed and ensure all papers are publicly available. The membership of the Taskforce is shown below, and meeting minutes and papers will be available on this page shortly after each meeting.