The use of fleet-management technology has helped one of Vodafone’s UK enterprise clients to slash its CO2 emissions by 28% a year, according to a new study commissioned by the operator.
According to research carried out by Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Zenith Hygiene Group (Welham Green, UK) has been able to reduce CO2 emissions by almost 600 tonnes a year through the use of TomTom fleet management technology, which Vodafone (Newbury, UK) supports.
The savings across the company’s fleet of 61 lorries equate to approximately 1,000 return lorry trips between London and Manchester, according to ERM.
“In financial terms, it is estimated that if Zenith Hygiene continues at the current level of fuel efficiency, it could save in the region of £218,000 ($346,000) per year on fuel costs, with a further potential £50,000 on reduced maintenance costs,” ERM reported.
The financial savings helped the cleaning and hygiene specialist to realize a return on investment in just three months, says ERM.
According to the research company, the technology has not only allowed Zenith to track fuel consumption but also given managers an insight into driver performance, helping them to minimize incidents of speeding and poor driving and promote a greener, safer and more efficient fleet operation.
“Vodafone is making it easier for businesses to cut costs and reduce their environmental impact,” said Erik Brenneis, Head of Vodafone Global M2M, in a statement.
“Mobile technology is enabling people to adopt lower carbon ways of operating, living and working. Together with TomTom we have enabled firms all over the world to save hundreds of thousands of pounds annually. The efficiency gains and costs savings made by Zenith provide compelling evidence for business investment in advanced fleet management technology,” he said.