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Shell is partnering with the Smart Freight Centre to sponsor its smart transport manager training (STMT) module.

The online programme aims to educate fleet managers on how to reduce carbon emissions, increase efficiencies and cut costs throughout their entire supply chain.

The programme covers five modules over a four-hour online course. The modules cover the latest methodologies and technologies offered to transport fleets and gives transport managers on the course an individualised Smart Action Plan to help put these ideas into practice.

Troy Chapman, Shell Lubricants vice president of b2b global marketing, said: “Our partnership with Smart Freight Centre is the latest step in our journey toward greater industry collaboration in an attempt to help industries meet the goals of global sustainability legislation.

“When it comes to the transport industry – where emissions are increasingly being placed under the microscope – sustainability begins with fleet managers.

“Recent Frost & Sullivan research shows that 70% of fleets are committed to forwarding sustainability goals, and we believe that STMT can help to provide the platform for them to do so.”

Bonne Goedhart, business development manager at Smart Freight Centre, said: “The support of Shell Lubricants for our smart transport manager training allows us to reach an even bigger market and help to reduce GHG emissions in the road freight industry.

“This is vital because road freight contributes to 62% of logistics GHG emissions. We need to act now. For Smart Freight Centre, it is important that all players in the global freight sector work together towards zero emissions by 2050.”

Jeff Priborsky, global marketing manager of the on-highway fleet sector at Shell, said: “Fleets are under growing pressure to decarbonise, but their business and operational goals haven’t changed, so they want to know how sustainability can be achieved without compromising performance.

“We know the pressures that fleet managers are faced with in this current social and legislative climate and so STMT is a means of helping them to fulfil their financial and performance-related responsibilities, while also contributing to the larger aim of developing a more sustainable industry environment."

Online modules cover:

• Fuels and lubricants: How fuel and lubricants choice can influence emissions and costs.

• Drivers: How fleets and drivers can change their behaviour to radically reduce emissions, fuel costs and even maintenance requirements.

• Vehicles: How fleets can maximise utilisation and minimise emissions by choosing exactly the right vehicle type for the task at hand.

• Performance monitoring: How fleets can accurately measure and track their emissions using the right tools and a robust and consistent methodology.

• Information technology: How fleets can reduce their environmental impact and overheads using telematics, onboard monitoring and other technologies.