Irish telecommunications supplier, eircom, has awarded a major programme to energy and climate change consultancy AEA, to assist it in delivering a significant reduction in the Groups fuel bill across its entire transport fleet. AEA will assist eircoms 3,000 fleet drivers to adopt more fuel efficient driving techniques with the core objective of reducing current fuel usage levels by at least 7% on a sustained basis.
The 100,000 order is for the first phase of a 3 year programme to deliver lasting behaviour change. Specifically, AEA is creating baseline data of current fuel use, undertaking driver training, management workshops, trainer scheduling and delivering a web-based portal to provide supporting information.
AEA originally developed the Safe and Fuel Efficient Drivers (SAFED) programme with the involvement of a range of stakeholders and driver training experts on behalf of the Department for Transport in 2002.
From its origins supporting lorry drivers, the SAFED programme has subsequently been successfully run in other sectors such as van and coach drivers. It has now been used to train close to 20,000 commercial vehicle drivers and achieved significant fuel savings in all sectors, reductions in vehicle faults (particularly gear box changes), and ongoing reductions in C02 emissions on an ongoing basis.