The six-month trial focused on making changes to the way vehicles are used, how they are set up for tasks, ensuring the vehicles are optimised, and implementing training programmes to enable vehicle drivers to limit fuel use and vehicle wear. Results of the changes were logged through accurate telemetry monitoring across a range of yellow plant including articulated haul trucks, wheel loaders, tracked vehicles, dozers, and landfill compactors.
At Veolia's main testing site in Rainham, the total time vehicles spent idling is said to have been reduced by 50%, saving an estimated 12,000 litres of fuel a year. Other reductions in fuel burning rates are estimated to save a further 38,000 litres of fuel a year, and together, these can save an estimated 133,000kg of carbon emissions on this site alone.
To further cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, arising from the manufacture of spare parts and maintenance, the company has developed new operating regimes based on conditions for operating on site, equipment configuration, job set up, vehicle optimisation, payload, and correct loading techniques. In combination, these measures make a major difference to maintenance requirements and vehicle operating life and also improve the economics of these assets.
Following the success of this trial, the Veolia optimisation programme will be introduced across the entire fleet of site machines, used on 83 sites, to increase CO2 savings.
Gary Clark- Veolia fleet director UK&I said: “The unprecedented carbon savings we have achieved during this trial have actively demonstrated how the industry can accelerate the transition to the net zero target, and meet our aim of ecological transformation.
"Through the hard work and engagement of our teams at all levels, supported by vehicle manufacturers, our optimisation programme has exceeded its aims. Together this has given us a greater understanding of the challenges, and can now be extended across all of our sites to make major cuts in carbon emissions."