Posties are being tracked on their rounds as part of a Post Office trial to cut fuel costs.
The company is using a telematics tracking device system to monitor their performance and then tailoring special training for each driver, as part of the States Eco-Active scheme for businesses. Jersey Post hopes the scheme will create at least a 7% improvement in fuel consumption and a 5% drop in vehicle wear and tear.
The Post Office is one of a number of local companies who’ve joined the Eco-Active scheme aiming to become greener and leaner and reduce their waste and energy consumption.
Over the last three years the company has managed to reduce electricity consumption at Rue Des Prés by nearly 30% and it’s making savings on the road too. Last year it invested in a number of electric vehicles to save on diesel and upgraded 22 diesel vehicles to newer, more fuel efficient models. It expects to see an increase in miles per gallon of just under 20%.
Jersey Post’s Fleet Manager Nick Perchard-Rees said: “We knew there were savings to be made by looking a bit more closely at how we manage our fleet and fuel costs but Eco-Active Business really provided a framework to get on with the job. I was initially skeptical about how much difference it could, but I’ve been surprised and pleased by how the environmental improvements have enhanced our business.”
The Planning and Environment Minister is encouraging all businesses to join the scheme which relaunches next Wednesday.
Deputy Rob Duhamel said: “From the results achieved by the many successful enterprises already with the scheme, I’d encourage any business, large or small to consider joining the Eco-Active Business programme.
“From a corporate and social responsibility perspective, it’ll help you manage waste and reduce consumption, and from a business perspective, it’ll save you money. And it’s in line with what every developing country is doing to try to tread more lightly.”
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