Project: Fuel Champion Saves Equivalent of 50 Trailer Loads of Carbon Dioxide a Year - BOC Ltd

Reference: GPCS 398

Last update: 16/10/2003 11:50:55


BOC prides itself on innovation, which it sees as vital to its future growth. Now, the Company has applied this philosophy to its UK-based, bulk gas road vehicle operation, with exciting results.


With 'state-of-the-art' vehicles and expert drivers, BOC might have thought that its fleet's efficiency could not be improved. However, with the rising price of DERV and its influence on the fleet total running costs, BOC Senior Managers decided to set fuel saving targets for the Bulk Gas Delivery Fleet. The BOC Board set the fleet a target of fuel savings worth £340,000, which represented about 3% of the previous year's fuel costs. Group Fleet Engineer, Mr John Ostle, and Operations Support Manager, Mr Mark Badkin, considered the task to be very challenging.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £12,000.00

Actual start date: 01 April 2001

Actual completion date: 01 January 2002


Good Practice Case Study 398
Author: TransportEnergy Best Practice
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Source: TransportEnergy Best Practice
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Summary of results

  1. BOC Gases have demonstrated how it significantly reduced both its fleet energy costs and the amount of exhaust emissions produced by applying a truly professional approach.

    Their recipe for success included:
    Nominating a 'Fuel Champion' to monitor and target fuel usage.
    Continuous support, involvement and commitment from top management.
    Introduction of in-house driver trainers.
    An accurate method of collecting real-time vehicle mileage and fuel data.
    Setting up fuel consumption benchmarks for specific routes and vehicles.
    On-board vehicle and driver performance monitoring.
    Trip feedback to the driver and branch manager.
    Publication of a weekly branch performance league table.

    Savings achieved amounted to £240,000 or 4.3 % of the annual fuel bill through driver training with a three to six month payback. Another £110,000 was saved by optimising the bulk storage of fuel.
    Aerodynamic kits demonstrated a potential fuel saving of 4% on the selected routes with a five-month payback