Back in 2010 Leeds City Council set about establishing an ambitious programme to implement low emission vehicle technologies and to get involved in vehicle emission research. Tackling climate change is one of the strategic priorities for Leeds City Council, indeed Leeds is committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 so reducing damaging carbon emissions from the organisation’s fleet through adopting alternatively fuelled vehicles was only natural.
Although alternative fuels have been on the authority’s agenda for many years, it is more recently, due to improved technologies and the objectives to reduce emissions further, that more emphasis has been given to the fleet.
Indeed, six years ago Leeds was the first council to introduce a CNG fuelled refuse collection vehicle to the fleet with help from Department for Transport funding. There have been no issues with this and so another five vehicles have been purchased and there are plans to get a CNG fuel station on site by 2018.
Morrison Utility Services’ vision is to be the leading utility service provider delivering a cost effective, quality service to its clients. Safety is its number one business driver. Jeremy Harrison, Director of Plant & Fleet, has over 30 years experience in the industry. Here he talks to Utility Fleet Magazine about his role and why the company’s fleet is at the heart of the business…
The University of Birmingham is a global research institution based in Edgbaston that contributes to the economy by employing 8,000 members of staff. Monica Guise is sustainable logistics manager, whose job it is to manage the movement of people and the university’s fleet. One of the key challenges within her department is making travel and logistics across, campus, Birmingham and worldwide as sustainable as possible. Here, she talks to Fleet Manager Magazine about her role…
Jacqueline O’Donovan talks to Utility Fleet magazine about her company’s high standards when it comes to fleet and driver safety and why it is important to champion industry initiatives and drive forward best practice to continually improve operations...
Jacqueline O’Donovan is managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal and has run the family-owned business since 1984. She is well-known for her fierce commitment to safety and training. She has helped to develop national occupational standards for the waste industry with Skills for Logistics and encourages all her staff to upskill. As a Gold member of Transport for London’s (TfL) Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) through Jacqueline’s leadership, the company works closely with Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS), the Metropolitan Police’s Exchanging Places scheme and the Cycle Taskforce to raise awareness of the dangers of accidents between trucks and other vulnerable road users.
Pioneering sustainability, Jacqueline is also recognised as one of the industry’s environmental champions and the driving force behind the numerous awards the company has received. O’Donovan recycles an average of 99% of all waste collected from its clients each month, representing its commitment to a sustainable construction industry. Her determination to innovate in every area of the business is reflected in its 120% sales increase over the last four years.
Jacqueline has also won acclaim for her efforts to increase the number of women and young people
working in the waste and construction industry
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust covers a geographical area of 3,600 square miles which includes densely populated urban areas, sparsely populated rural areas and some of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country. The busy Fleet Department, headed up by Justin Wand, has broken away from tradition to provide, not only an efficient, high-quality service centred around the patient but one that enables fleet support staff to be valued as professionals and play their part in the whole care process too. Here, Justin talks to Fleet Manager Magazine.
Jim Thomas, Head of Logistics at Sussex Community NHS Trust, talks to Fleet Manager about the trust’s innovative and proactive approach to tackling grey fleet and their ongoing dedication to reducing carbon...
Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater services company. For the past five years the company’s 2,000-strong fleet, headed up by Michelle Nasr, plays an important part in the smooth running and efficiency of the overall operation. Part of the transport team’s responsibility is also to raise awareness of the environmental and financial impacts of driving, and to encourage use of more sustainable transport. Here Michelle talks to Utility Fleet Magazine.
Dave Durham, Fleet & Workshop Manager at Oldham Council talks to
Public Sector Fleet Manager’s Sue Hurst about their uptake of Nissan
electric vehicles …