Project: Impact Assessment of the Freight Element of TransportEnergy BestPractice

Reference: 075 Impact Assesment

Last update: 20/02/2006 14:47:08


The objectives of the study were to:
1. Identify the freight industry's overall awareness of the freight element of TEBP
2. To identify the level of take up and use of TEBP freight publications
3. To obtain feedback on TEBP publications, assessing accessibility, usefulness and
relevance. This focused on key publications such as GPG307, GPCS398, RHMF001
and the Freight Future Newsletter
4. Evaluate the adoption of best practice resulting from TEBP freight publications
5. Provide feedback on barriers to further take up - thus informing future
development of the programme
6. Gather information on other sources of information used by operators to assist in
assessing the additionality of TEBP
7. Evaluate cost savings and CO2 reduction resulting from the actions taken by the
freight industry.


TransportEnergy BestPractice (TEBP) aims to stimulate the uptake of fuel efficiency best
practice across all sectors of the freight transport industry. This report identifies:
- The freight industry's overall awareness of the programme
- Feedback on TEBP publications
- Sources of information used by the freight industry
- Adoption of best practice resulting from the programme
- Barriers to take up of best practice
- Cost savings and carbon dioxide reduction resulting from best practice measures


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £30,000.00

Actual start date: 30 August 2003

Actual completion date: 01 November 2003


Impact Assessment of the Freight Element of TransportEnergy BestPractice
Author: Databuild Lmt
Publication date: 24/02/2006
Source: Department for Transport
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Summary of results

  1. 1. Users of TEBP have implemented fuel efficiency measures during the last two years which are achieving annual savings of £65m. Measures which, in users' opinions, would not have been implemented without the help of TEBP, are saving £42.5m or two thirds of the total. Users reported that TEBP had been some help with almost all the remaining measures.

    2. Overall 221 000 tonnes of CO2 have been saved by fleets implementing measures with the help of TEBP. 143,000 tonnes of this would not have been saved without the help of the programme.

    3. All the savings at small fleets were attributed to TEBP, as were 89% of the savings at medium size fleets. Only 43% of the savings at large fleets were attributed to TEBP. However, almost all large fleets that made savings felt that the programme had been some help.

    4. On average, fleets that have used TEBP are saving £27,000 a year (having reduced their fuel consumption by 11%) through fuel efficiency measures implemented in the last two years. This can be compared to non-users' average savings of £18,000 a year (reducing their fuel consumption by 4.5%).

    5. Overall spontaneous awareness of TEBP within the transport industry is low at 1%. However, awareness of all sources of fuel efficiency advice is low with only 21% able to name any sources. When prompted 13% of the industry is aware of TEBP.

    6. Individuals at 5% of fleets have used TEBP. Usage is highest at large fleets - 10% of which have used the programme. 8% of medium fleets have used TEBP and 3% of small fleets.

    7. Overall, users were satisfied with the programme:
    a. 80% would use the programme again
    b. 80% would recommend TEBP publications
    c. 78% said the programme was very useful to their organisation
    The only negative area was that only 18% found the publications easy to get hold
    of as they were frequently out of stock or took a long time to be delivered.

    8. Fuel costs are seen as one of the principal influences on profitability by 46% of the industry. They are also the most common reason given by those that have
    implemented measures to improve fuel efficiency.

    9. 40% of the industry would like more information about how to improve fuel
    efficiency, while 60% would like more information about how to improve their
    fleet's environmental performance.

    10. The most important characteristics in publications about fuel efficiency are
    considered to be real life examples and short and concise summaries. Those that
    want more detailed information generally manage larger fleets.

    11. Many respondents (38%) felt that there were no obstacles to increasing their fuel efficiency - this rose to 79% among users of TEBP. The main obstacles that
    respondents cited were relating to financing measures, mentioned by 16% of fleets
    that had not used TEBP and 4% of those that had used the programme.

    12. Some fleets had considered and rejected fuel efficiency measures. The main
    reasons that they gave for doing so were the costs of the measure or that the
    expected return on investment was inadequate.