Transport & Environment

Express transport operations support international trade across the whole economy. They are both time critical and cross-modal, with an extensive road and air network.

AICES sits on the DfT Freight Council and Freight Energy Forum, representing our members’ policy requirements for efficient and sustainable transport operations.

A recent report by York Aviation, entitled “UK Business Survey: Importance of Express Services”,  highlighted how critical speed of parcels delivery is for UK businesses to compete in international markets. The report found that:

  • Express parcel services are essential to doing business in the UK, with 95% of businesses surveyed stating that they were vital to or important for their business operations.
  • Express services are essential to UK international competitiveness, with 93% of businesses surveyed saying that express services were very important or important to their competitiveness. 89% said that this was because of speed of delivery and 62% valued reliability of service as integral to their own reputation.
  • The curtailing of express services would have real implications. 80% of respondents saying that if express services were not available it would have a serious or very serious impact on their businesses. 68% said that orders could be lost and 42% said that UK operations could be reduced.
  • Growing demand of express services is expected in the future, with 49% of companies expecting to use express services more. This demonstrates the need for an increase in cargo and bellyhold capacity, particularly during the night period.


AICES members are making significant investments to reduce their environmental impact and increase efficiency. They are taking several steps to achieve this, including:

  • Increased investment in zero emission final mile pick up and delivery, including electric vans and cargo bikes.
  • Trialling and deploying low emission HGV technology including electric vehicles, and low carbon fuels such as biogas and hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO)
  • Investing in sustainable aviation fuel.
  • Streamlining operations to increase efficiency and ensure the minimum number of vehicles and aircraft needed to deliver an effective service to customers.


Policy areas AICES is active on in the transport and environment space include:

  • Aviation policy, including the regulation of night flights
  • The implementation of the DfT’s Future of Freight Plan
  • Vehicle regulation, including local schemes such as the Direct Vision Standard in London
  • Ensuring clear regulation to enable investment in cleaner vehicles
  • Ensuring that vehicle charging and refuelling infrastructure will be able to meet demand for the transition to net zero

For more information, please contact Amanda Zambon.

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