Gfleet works with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sector, In all our projects to date we have been able to identify significant financial savings and environmental benefits for our clients. Gfleet works with our client's staff and their suppliers to ensure that the benefits identified are delivered.
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Councils are one of the country's big road transport users, directly and indirectly operating significant fleets. The largest fleet - in terms of mileage and numbers - is often the Grey Fleet which, in a Unitary Authority, can number several thousand claimants and cost several million pounds each year. But one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions is usually a small low mileage fleet: the refuse vehicles.
And as well as the council-operated fleets there are also the contracted out services from school buses to highways maintenance which can significantly add to the councils' carbon footprint. Finally the council may also be responsible for taxi licensing and the quality of that fleet will impact directly on the quality of the vehicles hired for schools and social services transport.
- Identify all the fleets within scope.
- Source all available data: mileage, fuel, vehicle registrations.
- Profile all the fleets on age, emissions, safety and cost.
- Seek cost and carbon saving opportunities.
- Consider where innovative technology may be cost effective.
- Ensuring that road risk is minimized.
- Quantify the cash and carbon savings to 2020.
Our comprehensive approach can achieve substantial savings. With the right fleet policies those savings can run into millions by 2020 as annual changes add up to big fuel savings. It is even possible to stay ahead of anticipated fuel price rises by making the right procurement choices.
Delivering gas, electricity and water all day every day takes a fleet of specialist vechiles that have to be able to deal with scheduled and emergency work. The van fleet will include adapted vehicles with on-board power, compressors and a full load of equipment. In these cicumstances monitoring fuel use can be difficult and identifying a poorly performing vehicle or driver impossible without the right data systems.
But there is a real cost to running power systems that use diesel on which the full road duty has been paid and that cost should be determined. It can run into tens of thousands of pounds and must be compared with the alternative of towed equippment or separate fuel sources and balanced against the need to train drivers to tow equipment.
The Climate Change Act placed on obligation on all the Departments of State and all their associated agencies to reduce carbon emissions from all sources including transport. For some Departments transport is a small element of their carbon emission but others are transport based and rely on the use of vehicles - in some cases staff owned - to deliver services. Sometimes the vehicles have to meet special requirements and so a simple "keep it small and low carbon" solution will not work.
But more frequently the requirement is for simple site-to-site travel and there are real opportunities to use the alternatives: video-conferencing, audio-conferencing, bus or train. Even when the car is essential it doesn't have to be the average private car: instead it can be a low carbon, low emission and safe pool car. At Gfleet we are familiar with the pitfalls of implementing a pool fleet and know how to achieve the utilization you need to ensure it is a cost effective solution.
With narrow operating margins a small improvement in the fuel efficiency of the fleet can produce a bottom line saving that has the same profit impact as winning a project! Construction fleets - especially the van fleet - have a hard life but good fuel management can ensure that the fuel is used efficiently and on company business.
Company car fleets are an important construction industry tool, important to staff retention and necessary to get to geographically dispersed sites. The right car policy can ensure staff can have aspirational vehicles while still saving on fuel, carbon and even lease costs. The HGVs and plant can, of course, be another major source of cost and carbon and it is very important to accurately manage fuel use in these fleets.
- Establish current fuel management policies.
- Determine fleet fuel efficiency profile.
- Identify poorly performing fleets and vehicles.
- Review company car policy against personnel objectives.
- Seek cost effective lower carbon alternatives.
One feature of fuel use in construction fleets is the use of on-board power. Often the fuel for this usage comes from the road fuel tank and at a time when over £0.50 of the cost is road duty this can be an expensive way of fueling equipment. Gfleet has developed methods of measuring this fuel use and identifying the real cost so that alternatives can be fully costed and assessed.
If transport is your business then staying on top of the rising cost of fuel is important to your success. Gfleet can help you put in place the systems you need to ensure poorly performing vehicles or drivers are identified. Real time monitoring of fuel consumption combined with reporting to drivers and managers can cut costs by 10% or more. Add to that targetted training and informed procurement and a further 10% can be achieved.
But being fuel efficient is not enough, using the vehicles effciently also matters and measuring your carbon emissions in terms of tonnes (or kgs) delivered will tell you just how efficently your transport service is working: g/tkm measures vehicle, driver, routing and loading.