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The Scottish Wholesale Association is moving into the second phase of its decarbonisation project, aimed at calculating the carbon footprint of its members.

The second phase will examine emissions generated from buildings, including warehousing, cold storage and offices, and the energy consumed by them.

Members have been asked to complete a questionnaire in order to calculate the carbon footprint of their estates.

These results will be combined with those from phase one, which examined the emissions from wholesalers’ vehicle fleets. This aspect of the project also examined the use of hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicle technologies.

The overall calculation will then be made to ascertain the carbon footprint of Scottish wholesale businesses.

SWA said it would create a “bespoke toolkit” to help members calculate, estimate and keep track of their own vehicle fleet emissions.

“We will then present various options to our members so we can discuss the best way forward on our journey to decarbonisation,” said SWA CEO Colin Smith.

“Phase two, which is shining a spotlight on energy and buildings, is now in progress and it is heartening that many SWA members are already forging ahead with their own plans to make their own fleets and buildings more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

“All of this gives SWA a baseline and allows us to draw a route map to net zero for our sector, which we will then present to the Scottish government and its agencies, including Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and HIE, to hopefully release some of the targeted £109m Scottish government funding set aside for business investment in greener technologies.”

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