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While service delivery and road safety are important to freight operations, fuel is a resource that needs to be well managed. Vehicle emissions can have a serious adverse impact on public health and climate change. Although fuel use varies considerably across different fleets, it nevertheless represents a major cost in most settings. In many operations, fuel can account for 30% or more of total operating expenses.

The following example of a small local authority fleet using light commercial vehicles illustrates where a fuel consumption improvement of only 3% can lead to significant fuel and cost savings:

MeasureReductionsComments
Average annual fuel bill £685,000
Fuel quantity litres of diesel (£1.28/litre)535,000
Fuel consumption saving of 3%16,050 litres
Cost saving£20,544Cost of a new van
CO2e reduction41.6 tonnesSignificant improvement in environmental performance and 18 car equivalents
>33t GVW articulated, ambient temperature1 truck5 truck fleet10 truck fleet100 truck fleet
Average fuel efficiency8 mpg8 mpg8 mpg8 mpg
Distance driven (miles)43,500217,500435,0004,350,000
Fuel quantity (litres)24,719123,595247,1902,471,900
Fuel cost (at £1.28/litre incl.VAT)£31,640£158,200£316,400£3,164,000
5% fuel efficiency saving by ecodriving training and active monitoring7.6mpg7.6mpg7.6mpg7.6mpg
Fuel quantity (litres)23,483117,415234,8302,348,305
Fuel quantity saving (litres)1,2366,18012,360123,600
Fuel cost saving£1,582£7,910£15,820£158,200
CO2e reduction (tonnes)3.2 1632320
Car equivalents (average car covering 8,000 miles/year is 2.28t CO2e)1.4714140