It is Easy Being Green

27 November 2008

Perfect Circle Management cleans up fleet vehicles

It is Easy Being Green

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25% of CO2 emissions in the UK are from road transport. In 2007 50% of new registrations were to vehicle fleets. There are approximately 3 million fleet cars on the road today, travelling over 60 billion miles per year. When their service life is over, they come onto the used car market. Tim Watts, founder of Perfect Circle Management, is the man with the plan to change this for the better. His mission is to show business users how going green can save money, as well as being the ethical thing to do. Tim has worked successfully with a number of businesses over the last year proving that reducing emissions also translates to business efficiency and cost savings.

Volatile and escalating fuel prices have disrupted the delivery of goods and services for many UK businesses. Fuel costs are up to 40% of the operational cost of the vehicle, up from 25% 12 months ago.

Tim Watts, who lives in Wiltshire, is a leading independent fleet management consultant. He established his own consultancy business in 2003 after a 25 year motor industry career working within major fleet and distribution businesses in the UK and Europe. He worked his way up from trainee mechanic to directorships. His business works with a wide range of organisations within the private, public and charity sectors such as HBOS Bank Group, Nationwide Building Society, The Salvation Army, HM Land Registry, Royal Sun Alliance Insurance. Allianz Assurance, Islington Borough Council. Tim also created and delivered the first ever green fleet review for a London based chauffeur hire business, the template for this review is now being successfully utilised by the Energy Saving Trust in its dealings with the unique needs of other chauffeur hire clients across the UK.

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He says, “I love the challenge of turning a business environmentally-friendly. My expertise allows both the business and the employee to minimise tax. Cars are an emotive subject for most people, but they are also starting to realise there is a moral dimension to this. Employees like environmentally sound and efficient cars. Sometimes managers think the employee will object but I have found that not to be the case."

Working with a variety of corporate, public and charity sector clients in the past 12 months Tim has successfully identified environmentally based business transport savings in excess of £7 million whilst reducing associated carbon emissions by over 12,000 tonnes.

He added, “Companies that do not make cost savings on fuel are at a competitive disadvantage in today's marketplace. I estimate they could save £470 per vehicle per year. Lower cost of course, means a lower carbon footprint.”

His plan to help companies become more green involves an initial survey and benchmarking, measuring success as he goes along and future planning.

Contact Details:

Tim.watts@perfectcirclemanagement.co.uk

Tel: 07834 903377

 

We are Sailing, Solar Sailing...

We are Sailing, Solar Sailing...

An Australian shipbuilding firm has landed a plum contract to fit Solar powered “Wings” to a giant chinese tanker. These aluminium solar sails generate electricity and also save fuel by catching any breezes that are around – exactly like the clipper ships of yore. They harness the wind to cut fuel costs by around 30%, as well as generating electricity to meet around five percent of the ship's needs. They can be retrofitted to existing designs. The makers SolarSailor say that they will pay for themselves by saving fuel costs in four years.

China's giant COSCO shipping company will fit the sails to two cargo vessels as an experiment to see how well they will fare in oceanic conditions.

Solarsailor already has successfully built a 100 passenger ferry. It calls this technology Hybrid Marine Power (HMP): “Like hybrid cars, the HMP system combines the efficiency of electric drive with the power of conventional drives. The HMP system also adds renewable energy available particularly the sun and the wind via the 'solar wing' a single device, which harvests both sun and wind energy in a seaworthy manner at sea. Solar Sailor has won numerous awards for design and innovation including the 2001 Australian Design Award of the Year.”

"We are confident we can build everything up to ocean liners
and in fifty years time people will look back at boats of the
20th Century and they'll say "where are the wings"?"
- Dr Robert Dane, CEO, Solar Sailor

Unlike the old windjammers, the solar sail vessels will not need jack tars jumping into the rigging – all the sail movements are controlled by computers from the bridge of the ship, linked into the navigation system, and aligned by sensors attached to the system. Solarsailor claim that no extra training is needed for crews to operate the vessel in this manner. This looks like a promising technology to reduce the carbon footprint of boats of all kinds.

http://www.solarsailor.com/ 

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