BT is committed to contributing positively to society and to a sustainable future. And that includes the efficient operation of its fleet of vehicles...
BT operates one of the largest fleets in Europe with more than 7,000 company cars and some 27,000 commercial vehicles.
Together, they’re responsible for producing around 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. As part of BT’s ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, it’s carried out a comprehensive 360o fleet sustainability programme driven by its Transport and Environmental Risk forum.
Called the 360o Programme, it addresses all aspects of its commercial fleet operations including driver profiling, behaviour and training. Fuel efficiency is central to the selection of vehicle types.
So too is minimising the number of journeys made through its “right first time” customer satisfaction programme and careful journey planning.
As part of the programme all van drivers receive training on vehicle care, maintenance and loading.
They have also been provided with tyre pressure gauges to help improve fuel efficiency. In another move, driver behaviour is monitored through a variety of measures including GPS, telematics, fuel and carbon footprint data, as well as information gathered during vehicle servicing and maintenance.
What’s more, the fleet is trialling a variety of alternative fuels and technologies, including electric, hybrids and bio-fuels to find the best operational fit for each fuel type. As part of BT’s commitment it will introduce a range of electric vans into its fleet during 2010 for extended evaluation.
Reducing carbon dioxide levels
As a result of this work BT has already reduced fleet carbon dioxide levels by nearly 30 per cent since 2005 and has comprehensive plans in place to drive further savings through its 360o fleet sustainability programme. There has also been an improvement in the attitude among drivers in respect of the importance of safety and efficiency.
This has, in turn, led to a culture where safety and sustainability are regarded as central to all aspects of fleet profile, management and technological development.
In a bid to drive further improvements, BT has also adopted the Department for Transport (DfT) endorsed Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) programme. Recognising the cost and environmental benefits of reducing fuel consumption, SAFED was seen as a win-win for BT’s higher safety and environmental risk drivers.
Since 2009, more than 1,000 drivers have received SAFED training. The results have been impressive with SAFED-trained drivers delivering average, sustainable fuel, cost and CO2 savings of 13%.
Donna Young, BT’s general manager of climate change and programme development said: “Because we have prioritised training for our higher risk drivers, this has already delivered a saving of 500 tonnes of CO2.
“For some drivers, savings have been much higher - over 25 per cent - and as part of our 360o fleet sustainability programme, we are trialling advanced telematics systems which provide information on how we can best target training to reduce safety and environmental risk. SAFED will continue to play a key role in our fleet carbon reduction initiatives.”