Driving to a Low Carbon Future
So what can we do now to start making those changes? How can we create more sustainable transport solutions that reduce the impact of what we do. You dont need to operate a fleet of vehicles to begin to make changes and there are some very practical steps that can be taken now that will help reduce your carbon impact and save you money. I know, its shocking isnt it? Reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time.
Did you know most SME's dont have a driving for work policy? Well lots of much bigger companies dont either and the policies that do exist often dont cover a whole range of alternative transport methods like car sharing, cycling and walking to work.
Top tip No1, do a review of your driving for work policy and see if its fit for purpose. To help you there are some guidelines under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (Follow the link for more information)
Top Tip No 2 is to consider how you manage your vehicles and fuel now. If you dont understand how you use fuel then its very difficult to make changes into the future. To do this appoint a fuel champion in your business, let them take on the responsibility of working out how much fuel you use and when you use it.
Top Tip No 3 use Technology to help you. There is a wide range of aftermarket telematics systems available to you. Its difficult because many of them appear to be offering the same thing and yes a box is a box. The important bit is not the box and if it will work on 4g or 5g or if it has 100% coverage, the important bit is the DATA and what YOU do with it.
Top Tip No 4 make sure that you implement a driver reward program, this should be linked to your policy, your fuel management and your technology - each of these elements should be interlinked to provide you with the maximum benefit. As part of this you need to make sure that your drivers are trained properly. The Energy Savings Trust provide funding for driver training to improve their fuel efficiency and you can take advantage of that funding in England and Scotland.
Using tips 1 - 4 should help you reduce your fuel consumption by around 20% if you implement it all properly, just think how much that could save you? In addition other benefits will see less wear and tear on your vehicles, your drivers more relaxed, less damage to your vehicles allowing you to argue for lower insurance costs next year. The reduction in C02e will be significant and you will be on your way to helping clean up the environment.
Top Tip No 5 start planning your strategy now to change from Hydrocarbon to more fuel efficient vehicles. I know that you dont think it will affect you, so lets look at it another way. Do you do business in #London, #Manchester, #Birmingham, #Oxford or #Scotland? ALL of these places have identified significant carbon reduction programs with Manchester's being the most aggressive carbon reduction program in the World at this time, do you think that you will be able to drive a diesel vehicle into any of these places in 5 years time without incurring some hefty additional charges? If you concur with me, then you will also understand that anyone who has converted to a more environmentally friendly vehicle will have a competitive advantage as they wont be paying those environmental charges.