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Step 13: Promote energy efficiency awareness and practices amongst employees

Drivers are rarely in the office and must be presented to directly, if you carried out your vehicle driver survey, drivers should be motivated to attend and listen to the outcomes of their feedback.

Business Travel

Publish relevant CO2 impacts or monetary savings for every business travel decision e.g.:

  • Dublin – London return by air 0.13 tonnes of CO2
  • Cork – Dublin return by air 0.08 tonnes of CO2
  • Cork – Dublin return by train, 272Km at 0.05Kg per Passenger Km is 0.027 tonnes of CO2
  • Cork – Dublin return by diesel saloon car, 256Km @ 180g/Km is 0.046 tonnes of CO2
  • Cork – Dublin return by petrol executive car, 256Km @ 239g/Km is 0.061 tonnes of CO2


Employee Travel plans help employees assess and simplify their travel patterns; providing a package of measures to reduce travel where possible or use alternative means such as car sharing, public transport, walking and cycling. Business benefits include:

  • Reduced car parking, freeing up land for other uses, including improved accessibility for goods deliveries, reducing vehicle manoeuvring and idling.
  • Greater financial control of your transport expenditures, from more efficient and profitable fleet operations
  • Your company is seen to be environmentally and socially responsible, whilst helping towards accreditation of your Environmental Management System and Quality Assurance
  • Improved employee awareness of environmental issues and actions they can take.

Driver awareness training

  • Turning off; idling a vehicles’ engine can use between 2 and 5 litres of fuel per hour, approximately 5-13Kg of CO2.  Re-starting that warm engine will cost approx. 10 seconds worth of fuel usage at idle. 

Tip: Be careful to ensure drivers do not over do this tip, as it can wear out starter motors.

  • Plugging in; refrigeration units should be plugged in to electrical power at all and every opportunity.  If cables and sockets are missing or faulty, drivers should be encouraged to report.

Tip: Leaving a large trailers’ refrigerator running overnight can consume 15+litres of diesel = 40Kg of CO2

  • Slowing down; not only does slowing down make for a safer, more relaxed driving experience, it uses 25% less fuel at motorway speeds (120kph vs. 100kph)
  • Plan ahead; encourage drivers to take the time to plan their journeys before they set-out. Give them access to AA Roadwatch information and routing information if available.

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