LCRS Leadership in Carbon Reduction Award Results 2016

The LCRS Leadership in Carbon Reduction Award 2016 sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres aimed to recognise companies making carbon reduction and fuel efficiency a priority within their fleet operation.  

Winner - Bibby Distribution

Bibby TruckBibby Distribution is leading the way when it comes to freight carbon reduction across its customer contracts. Working with tank builders, Sayers Road Tankers and Crossland Tankers, the company has created an innovative and flexible milk collection vehicle which minimises fuel use. A virtual warehouse has been developed to optimise vehicle routing and consolidation meaning less vehicles and fuller loads. Software algorithms receive orders from customers and then the most cost-effective and carbon-efficient transport solution can be calculated. Bibby Distribution is also operating 10 LPG dual fuel hgvs as well as deploying 44 longer semi-trailers as part of the Government's trial. Full fleet telematics to monitor driver behaviour and delivery of tailored training courses are also implemented to improve fuel efficiency. The company believes that its success is due to collaborating with others to develop decarbonisation actions and share best practice.


Howdens trucksFinalist - Howden Joinery Group PLC

Howden Joinery has installed telematics system across the fleet to analyse driver behaviour and provide feedback. This has resulted in significant improvement across the fleet in terms of average fuel consumption per kilometre travelled despite increasing volume transported in the network. A driver bonus scheme has also been introduced. Aerodynamic features such as 'air tabs' have been fitted to the fleet alongside cab gap and aerofoil adjustments to save fuel. During 2013, the use of 'Tall Boy' trailers over 4.9m were trialled to transport pre-made kitchen cabinets, this has enabled a 33 per cent increase in space for each trailer load. Howden Joinery is proud of its carbon reduction achievements particularly considering the significant growth in business since 2013 which has driven increased demand for transport.

Finalist - Martin Brower UK and McDonald's Restaurant Ltd

Martin Brower truckMartin-Brower UK's customer, McDonald's generates over four million litres of Used Cooking Oil every year which is used by the company to convert into biodiesel for its hgv fleet. A bespoke and innovative heating system has been developed to enable two out of Martin-Brower's three distribution centres to run on 100 per cent biodiesel all the time. To date this has achieved a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for the company. Martin-Brower's trailer replacement programme has also enabled the replacement of gas oil fuelled refrigeration with cleaner electricity generated power. Utilising Paragon routing software along with a team of planners is also employed to determine daily optimised journeys. Double deck trailers and altering the dimensions of cases delivered to optimise both inbound and outbound vehicles fill also demonstrate the company's commitment to carbon reduction.


Finalist - UPS

UPS photoUPS has been a leader in adopting electric vehicles to deliver in urban areas. It has invested significantly in charging infrastructure in central London allowing up to 70 electric vehicles to be operated there, with 35 already deployed. The company is also trialling the use of Range Extended Electric Vehicles which recharge the batteries with a small efficient diesel engine. In addition UPS has teamed up with Lightning Hybrids to develop a prototype hydraulic hybrid for delivery routes over 100 kilometres. Beyond this, significant investment has been made in gas/biomethane dual fuel HGVs for long distance journeys. This use of alternative technologies sits on a solid base of efficiency, with telematics playing a key role in improving fuel consumption by optimising route planning and the use of double deck trailers and longer trailers further demonstrating UPS's drive to reduce carbon emissions.