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Firms make savings after free transport review

vehicle emissionsEnergy conscious Scottish businesses have saved £850,000 and removed 1,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide by changing their transport operations, according to new figures.

Other companies are now being urged to emulate those which achieved the savings over the past year by following guidelines from the Energy Saving Trust, a social enterprise funded by Transport Scotland.

The trust provided bespoke transport advice to 350 Scottish businesses. More than 100 have completed reviews in the last year and the Energy Saving Trust has provided recommendations that could lead to savings of more than 8,000 annual tonnes of CO2 and £4 million a year.

Scottish organisations are being told they can save money while topping up their green credentials, and making their transport infrastructure environmentally sustainable.

Stephen Rennie, transport programme manager for the Energy Saving Trust, said: “Our free sustainable transport review service, funded by Transport Scotland, helps organisations in Scotland become more efficient with their transport and travel arrangements.

“More than half of the businesses have taken action to improve their transport operations since receiving support from the Energy Saving Trust. Of those, 90 per cent say they are happy with the results.

“A free online Fleet Health Check can help businesses determine their carbon footprint and offers recommendations to help you take the first steps towards greening your fleet and saving money.”

The Wise Group, a social enterprise needed to reduce their fuel spend, lower their emissions and become more fleet efficient, is one firm that contacted the Energy Saving Trust for help.

Following a transport review, it organised FuelGood driver training for staff, upgraded existing vehicles to more efficient variants, introduced hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) and installed an EV charging point. As a result, the company has saved more than £8,000 and 13 tonnes CO2.

Laurie Russell, Wise group chief executive, said: “Introducing EVs has helped us drive down costs and reduce our carbon footprint. Installing an EV charging point is in line with our commitment to helping to create a greener society, and to make EVs more accessible to the public and business community. I encourage organisations to make full use of the Energy Saving Trust’s free review service.”

>> sustainabletransport@est.org.uk.

>> www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/bustrans

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