James Jones & Sons is delighted to have won the Carbon Reduction Award at the STTA awards dinner last week in recognition of its trial of an electric timber truck.

James Jones & Sons is partnering with Volvo Group and Cleaner EV in a three year trial of electric timber trucks, which is being funded by Scottish Forestry. The trial started in June 2023. A key element of the three year trial is that all partners involved are committed to sharing their experiences of running electric lorries with others in the timber and rural haulage sectors. Creel Maritime consultants will monitor the use of the lorries and arrange knowledge exchange opportunities over the course of the following three years.

James Jones & Sons has a target to reduce CO2 emissions from company vehicles on a progressive basis in line with Scottish Net Zero targets by 2045. This vehicle is one of the first ultra low emission HGVs to be operated in the UK in the timber sector. Given the scale of emissions from HGV vehicles in general, the potential reductions through such innovations are huge and the trial will be very beneficial in progressing the search in this technology for the future.

David Leslie, Joint Managing Director, said “Enhancing our environmental impact has always been a fundamental part of our Group ethos and strategy. We have been at the forefront of innovation with regards to all environmental matters for a number of years and have pioneered a number of innovative processes and systems to enhance our carbon negative credentials. We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our efforts”.

The award was sponsored by Timber Development UK (TDUK). TDUK, in collaboration with other key UK timber trade associations and other like-minded organisations, has launched the Timber Industry Net Zero Roadmap. This sets out the causes of emissions within the supply chain and proposes steps the industry could take to reduce these and what the journey to Net Zero could look like.