Mobile vans ‘reduce carbon emissions by up to 97%’

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Bullwell Trailer Solutions has published the results of an environmental report which concludes that the company’s mobile vans result in as much as 97% reduction in carbon emissions when compared to its workshop competitors.

The report, conducted by Green Dart Consulting, was commissioned by Bullwell to measure its carbon emissions and quantify the effect its green policies have on clients’ environmental performance.

Bullwell’s business model is based on the fact that, rather than drivers having to take their HGVs to the nearest workshop, those vehicles with the lowest carbon emissions should do the travelling.

Carbon reduction is an intrinsic part of business policy for Bullwell, which has invested over £1 million to ensure the company’s green credentials remain at the top of its agenda.

The report showed that, when compared to its workshop-based competitors, Bullwell reduces carbon emissions by an average of 75% for trailer servicing and MOTs (based on four client case studies, with one showing a reduction of 97%).

This reduction is equivalent to emissions of 90 kg CO2 per trailer per year for servicing and MOT, meaning that a customer with a fleet of 200 trailers will be saving over 18 tonnes CO2  each year by using Bullwell Trailer Solutions.

On average, including both routine and repair work, Bullwell emits 30 kg CO2 per trailer per year (servicing and MOT) and 56 kg CO2 per job.

Kevin Tomlinson, finance director of Bullwell Trailer Solutions, said: “We believe environmental issues are an important part of being the best.

"We therefore decided to commission and voluntarily publish details of the company’s carbon emissions in order to demonstrate best practice within the industry and to identify potential carbon savings to our current and future customers.”

The report covered the entire operations of the company, over a complete financial year. In preparing the report, the most recent guidance from Defra/DECC was followed and relevant conversion factors were used. 

Green Dart believes the results of the emissions report are very robust and that Bullwell and its clients can be confident of the potential savings to be made in their operations by adopting more mobile solutions.

The total annual emissions for Bullwell were shown to be 712 tonnes CO2 with, unsurprisingly, consumption of fuel by the mobile service vans by far the biggest contributor to the company’s emissions, accounting for 93% of the total.

With the majority (93%) of Bullwell’s greenhouse gas emissions arising as a result of diesel consumption in their mobile service vans, the company intends to take further actions to reduce consumption leading to even greater savings including:

• Upgrading their fleet of mobile vans to more efficient models
• Ensuring drivers play a full part through improved driving techniques, effective driver management and motivation
• Reducing vehicle miles through more effective distribution of vans and improved routeing

Bullwell manages in excess of 5,000 vehicles (including HGVs, and PSVs), utilising its network of 55 mobile engineers located across the country, from Glasgow to Exeter. It has a number of blue-chip clients including DHL, Royal Mail and TK Maxx.

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