A new study has revealed the UK construction industry is recognising its long-term environmental duties with 75 per cent of companies operating a low-carbon or carbon reduction strategy, but almost 95 per cent of those surveyed believe the industry could still do more.
In their survey of 149 construction firms, leading publishing and marketing services business TomTom Telematics also found 58 per cent regularly monitor their carbon footprint, while 51 per cent of construction operators claim that their clients require them to record and act on carbon emissions as key performance indicators.
Fleet operation was identified as a key focus for CO2 reduction, with 52 per cent of respondents citing road traffic congestion as the biggest cause of unnecessary fuel consumption, followed by vehicle idling and inefficient routing at 11 per cent each.
A further Five per cent of building companies named vehicle speeding as their biggest drain on fuel wastage, while unauthorised vehicle use was cited by a further five per cent.
The survey also revealed the importance of the green agenda throughout the supply chain, with 74 per cent of respondents claiming to favour suppliers that offer low carbon products or demonstrate green credentials.
Giles Margerison, sales director UK and Ireland at TomTom Telematics said: “Sixty-eight per cent of companies we spoke to have systems and processes in place to reduce fuel consumption across their vehicle fleet and, of these, only 23 per cent use a telematics system to do so. Fleet operations are a major source of CO2 emissions but the data provided by technology such as telematics allows companies to pinpoint trends and tackle the root causes of fuel wastage.
“Modern telematics systems can now give drivers real time visual alerts when they are speeding, idling or braking too harshly, so they can respond instantly,” added Margerison. “They can even advise on the most efficient time to take your foot off the accelerator when approaching junctions and the greenest speed to drive at. It all adds up to a significant impact on fuel efficiency.”