Achieving a 10.1% reduction in carbon emissions, a sector leading outcome.
Throughout recent years, leading road marking specialist WJ has been proactive in delivering several carbon management initiatives aimed at reducing emissions year on year. A recent report from the Carbon Trust for WJ North highlights an outstanding 10.1% reduction in emissions which is a sector leading achievement.
The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.
WJ Group Transport Manager Scott Logan commented, “We are pleased to have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for a third consecutive year. This ongoing carbon reduction demonstrates our commitment to the responsible management of our carbon footprint and objective to leave a lasting positive effect on the environment”.
The Carbon Trust Standard report highlighted that close to 90% of WJ’s carbon emissions come from fuel usage, so the changes made in the way they operate road marking vehicles have been pivotal to lowering emissions. Innovations such as vehicles designed with triple boilers, has enabled road marking schemes requiring three colours, such as London’s Red Routes, to be completed in one site visit that would normally have required two visits. This fundamental design change has effectively halved the fuel usage and therefore lowered emissions on this type of work. Alongside this initiative, combi trucks with demountable boilers have also been in regularly use to increase utilisation and reduce the need for extra vehicles or additional trips to site.
The Carbon Trust assessment noted that these operational changes not only reduced emissions but have also served to increase efficiency, which effectively lowered costs as well as reducing Work Related Road Risk (WRRR).
Other investments with new road marking vehicles comprising low emission Euro 6 engines and electric company cars with charging points installed at depots, have all contributed to the company’s successful carbon management objectives.
It was not technology alone though that enabled WJ to reduce carbon emissions, by a huge 616 tonnes, it was the engagement of their workforce and focussed driver training that has provided a significant contribution to this outstanding achievement.
WJ’s Training Academy regularly run a Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) course, designed to get their drivers thinking and driving in a way that reduces fuel consumption. Drivers who take the course on average see their fuel consumption reduce by 10.88% over the 20mile course and make 30% fewer gear changes with that added benefit of extended gear box life. The training provided is also designed to contribute to the companies aim for safer drivers and therefore help meet their accident reduction targets.
The Carbon Trust Report indicates WJ are leading the challenge to reduce emissions within the road marking sector with a dynamic approach to implement best practice solutions, efficient technology and a safe driver workforce.
WJ are the UK’s leading provider of award winning road markings, specialist highway products and services, locally and nationally.