Step 16: Efficient design, purchase, operation and maintenance of significant energy users
Transport as a significant energy user can benefit from astute investment decisions regarding vehicle choice, routing and operational planning.
Your business will have unique routing – grown organically as your business has grown - customer locations and operational planning.
Routing is a complex area; first analyse the task, survey your vehicles and ability to meet complete that task. Then engage a specialist.
Specialist companies operate route optimisation services, these are primarily aimed at batch type operations. New services are becoming available to optimise routing in real-time when combined with vehicle tracking services. Broadly the headings to be considered for efficient purchase and operation of transport assets are:
Purchase more fuel efficient vehicles with improved engine designs
Improve aerodynamic profiling
Reduced average speed (limiter setting) and make use of cruise controls
Install fuel monitoring devices
Fuel additives can be required to meet emissions regulations. You may also consider alternative fuels now coming market. Electric vehicles will prove useful in urban areas.
Increase back-loading / reduce empty running
Use vehicles with greater carrying capacity
Greater consolidation of loads – counteract just-in-time pressures
Use more space-efficient handling equipment
Employ computerised vehicle routeing and scheduling:
Employ nominated day delivery schedules
Relax monthly order / credit cycle
Your vehicle survey will have identified wastages caused by physical load sizes e.g. could your next trailer be lower to reduce parasitic drag? Or could you use a double deck trailer to reduce number of journeys?