3PL

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Who benefited from the Low Carbon Freight Dividend, and how? This is one of a series of case studies that goes ‘behind the scenes’ to find out how the project is working for participating SMEs.
Here, Kevin Lawrenson, Managing Director of Felixstowe-based 3PL explains what attracted him to the Low Carbon Freight Dividend and why he got involved. We would like to thank him for his input.  The views expressed in our case studies are always those of the managers/companies interviewed and not necessarily those of the project team, the Haven Gateway or ERDF.
 
T ell us about your company:

I have worked in the transport industry for 23 years and have long experience of running haulage/transport operations. I set up 3PL in 2012; as a company, we offer shipping, transport and third party logistics services. We operate from Felixstowe and other container ports and have been growing steadily. We started out with premises at the Pentalver depot in Felixstowe, and are planning to move to bigger premises soon, as we continue to expand.

Do companies really want to be green?

Of course, everyone would like to see fewer trucks on the roads and there is a lot of talk about low-carbon supply chains – but no one is going to pay more to be ‘green’, particularly in the current climate.  However, the message doesn’t always get across that using rail is not only environmentally friendly but also it can offer a very cost-effective and efficient solution. Our approach is clear – if we can use rail and be cost-effective at the same time, obviously that is good for lowering our carbon footprint and good for the bottom line too. 

What attracted you to the Low Carbon Freight Dividend project?

The Low Carbon Freight Dividend makes real sense to us and is very welcome. The team and the information available have helped us gain more understanding about trains and networks and how to make best use of rail. And a financial incentive is always very welcome!

The workshops have been very informative, too. Workshops can bore me to death – all too often, it’s a case of getting people in, trying to give them some information they might actually retain, and not finding them yawning and falling asleep. The LCFD workshops have been tremendously useful for us. And that includes both the freight optimisation workshop and also the second workshop on marketing, which focuses on how we can advertise and get our business out there. It got us thinking about how we want to portray our business. 

Progress so far?

We have already moved some containers by rail and expect to move many more as we participate in the Low Carbon Freight Dividend. Of course you are still restricted by where the train goes, and to an extent by availability as well. But where it makes sense, we would be keen to use rail. As I said earlier – it’s about cost. Compared to running lorries at eight to nine miles to the gallon, rail can provide a cost-effective alternative.

 Project statistics 
  • Number of containers moved to date: 455
  • Grant received to date: £33,508

How many containers do you hope to move with the support of the Low Carbon Freight Dividend?

We are just beginning to work with the LCFD team, but we are very optimistic!

Your views?

We were using rail for some movements for some clients before this. LCFD obviously makes sense for us and we look forward to stepping up our use of the rail option.

Savings to date

Description

 

Total carbon savings

282,109

East of England carbon savings

 177,063