Reducing our organisational carbon footprint
Each day, phs employees undertake 20,000 service visits at our customers’ sites. Naturally, getting to and from these customers to perform the essential services they require is our primary operational challenge.
The fuel used in our vehicles is currently responsible for 75% of our organisational carbon footprint and is one of our most significant environmental impacts.
We are working hard to control this and our efforts are focused on 3 areas: choosing efficient vehicles that are the best-fit for our needs, taking practical steps to reduce the fuel we use and looking to the future to understand how we can transition to low carbon transport solutions.
So far, our ongoing investment in fleet replacement and driver behaviour training has enabled us to improve our average driver mpg by over 15%.
Last year we invested over £16 million in new vehicles, enabling us to both downsize vehicles and consolidate routes to reduce the number of waste vehicles on the road.
However, replacing the large diesel fleet that is the engine of our business represents the greatest opportunity to reduce our impact. We are working closely with manufacturers to identify new solutions and will be actively trialling electric vans in large urban areas during 2017-18.
Over the last 3 years, our average driver mpg has improved by 15%