FAQs

What is the Low Carbon Freight Dividend (LCFD)?
What is on offer?
How do I qualify?
How do I apply?
Is there a whole lot of complicated paperwork?
Who is funding the project?
What else is on offer?
What does the project hope to achieve?
What areas are included in the East of England?
What is the Haven Gateway Partnership?
Why was the Haven Gateway Partnership developed?
What is the purpose and vision of the Haven Gateway Partnership?
How can I contact the LCFD Project Team?

 

What is the Low Carbon Freight Dividend (LCFD)?

The Haven Gateway Low Carbon Freight Dividend is a £7.5 million three-year project designed to encourage containers off the roads and on to rail.

 

What is on offer?
  • SMEs eligible for the scheme will be offered a Low Carbon Freight Dividend (grant) of up to 30% for moving their freight from truck to train, where traditionally they have only used road transport.
  • The maximum payment will be £75 per container switched from road to rail for a minimum of 14 containers; the maximum number of containers eligible is currently set at 90 but this limit will be reviewed and possibly increased as the project progresses, depending on participants’ needs.

 

How do I qualify?
  • You must be an SME with fewer than 250 employees and either an annual turnover of less than €50 million (£43.7 million) or a balance sheet of less than €43 million (£37.6 million);
  • You must be an SME based in the East of England;
  • Finally, eligibility also depends on any previous state aid funding you have received, and details of parent or subsidiary company ownership.

 

How do I apply?
  • Visit www.lcfd.co.uk where you can fill in a form to check online whether you are eligible;
  • If the eligibility answer is ‘yes’, you need to complete a formal registration form and terms & conditions; once this is returned and accepted, you can submit monthly claims online for container movements by rail.

 

Is there a whole lot of complicated paperwork?
  • We’ve kept the process simple and streamlined. All forms are available in electronic format on the website, and the project team will be happy to help you through the whole process.

 

Who is funding the project?
  • The project has been created by the Haven Gateway Partnership, and is supported with almost £3 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

 

What else is on offer?
  • A series of ‘Optimisation of Freight Movements’ workshops, providing advice, guidance and practical examples of how to reduce carbon emissions;
  • A Low Carbon Transport Marketing Package, enabling SMEs to market their services as carbon-friendly and thus attract new customers;
  • A website with a knowledge bank ‘Greening Freight in the East of England;
  • Access to the Containerised Cargo Carbon Calculator, an online tool for comparing and contrasting cargo movement methods (road, rail and water) and the carbon emissions for each method.

 

What does the project hope to achieve?
  • Over a three-year period, the project is expected to move about 30,000 containers from road to rail;
  • The project is expected to eliminate at least 11.7 million kgs of carbon dioxide from the logistics supply chain – worth nearly £3.5 million in associated environmental benefits, according to Defra calculations;
  • By taking freight off the roads in the East of England, the project will deliver direct economic benefits to the region.
  • SMEs that make the change to rail can act as ‘ambassadors’, encouraging others to make greener choices.

 

What areas are included in the East of England?

The East of England is determined by the boundaries of the six counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

 

What is the Haven Gateway Partnership

The Haven Gateway Partnership is an un-incorporated association which was launched in 2001 and brings together the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich, Ipswich, Mistley and surrounding hinterlands.

Initially set up to promote and develop commercial, social and environmental elements it has already identified key priorities for the development of the region including improvements to the rail and road infrastructure, education and training, tourism and regeneration.

It is governed by a Board comprising representatives from the public/private sector including eight local councils, two county councils and key players in the private sector.

 

Why was the Haven Gateway Partnership developed?

There were a number of reasons for developing the partnership including:-

  • The Local Authorities saw a joint mutual interest in working together to promote the Haven area for inward investment and tourism;
  • The private sector is pursuing a number of important regeneration initiatives notably in Felixstowe, Harwich and Ipswich;
  • The higher and further education sector would welcome other links with government and business;
  • There have been a number of sub-regional studies highlighting the potential of the area in terms of its excellent port facilities, good transport infrastructure, an emerging cluster of new technology companies and a high quality of life;
  • It is important for the partners to maximise their leverage in lobbying for new investment in the area from central and regional government;
What is the purpose and vision of the Haven Gateway Partnership?

The purpose of the Partnership is to be a framework through which partner organisations can work together to promote the economic opportunities and secure the future prosperity of this major gateway to the East of England.

The Partnership's vision is:-

"To deliver a high quality environment for its residents, workers and visitors, by capitalising on its location as a key gateway, realising its potential for significant substantial growth, addressing its needs for economic regeneration, creating an additional focus for growth in hi-tech, knowledge based employment, related to the Cambridge clusters, and protecting and enhancing its high quality, attractive natural assets."

 

How can I contact the LCFD Project Team?

Please contact us if you would like more information or if you have a specific question or if you would like to give us your feedback or comments.

Telephone: 01206 713612

Fax: 01206 575773

E-mail: lisa.brazier@haven-gateway.org