When GREEN Means Lower CO2ST

Most Transport companies have seen a plethora of green initiatives over the years, and whilst the aims are often laudable these initiatives often mean added costs and bureaucracy for transport operators. Presently the primary focus for Governments is on the reduction of Carbon Emissions that lead to global warming, and the good news is that focusing a business on reducing carbon emissions will lead to a direct reduction in fuel costs that will go straight to the bottom line and improve profitability. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in global warming or not, focusing on carbon emission is a great way to drive down costs.

It is easy to calculate carbon emission for transport because one litre of diesel creates 2.64Kg of CO2, and so using this simple relationship it is possible to assess carbon saving programs it terms of both cost saving as well as CO2 reductions. For example ensuring your wheels run straight by laser wheel alignment is one of the easiest ways of saving money on your fuel and tyre bills. In simple terms, about 30% of a vehicle’s fuel is used to overcome the rolling resistance of the tyres. Poor wheel alignment increases the rolling resistance, which in turn causes tyre scrub and poor fuel economy. A preventative wheel alignment program could easily knock 20% off a fleet’s tyre bill and give a 2-5% fuel saving.

As an example, a 6x2 unit running 180K miles per annum with two axles misaligned by a typical 5mm/m and a current fuel economy of 9mpg would waste an extra £1550 in fuel, £450 in tyres and 4.1 tonnes of CO2. A wheel alignment program with Steertrak could put this right helping to improve the Transport operators green credentials as well reducing costs.

Steertrak is able to offer transport companies a free audit of their fleet to assess potential cost saving and carbon reductions by adopting a preventative wheel alignment program.

For more information contact Steertrak on 01684 276900 or email sales@steertrak.co.uk.

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