The following case study not only encompasses our day to day working practices, however demonstrates our on-going commitment to reduce our environmental impact. We have chosen a project we carried out for the COOP because we believe we realised significant environmental benefits to many aspects of the project, one of which was so successful we have implemented it for our day to day practices.
In 2010 COOP Travel refreshed their IT estate throughout 350 plus sites nationwide. The project ran from January to June and involved the refresh of over 1,000 systems.
The original plan was for a COOP engineer to attend site with the new equipment and install it. To allow for "bedding in" of the new system the old equipment would be left on site and collected a week later. Each PC was preconfigured with a unique COOP image. This introduced an issue regarding data security hence the COOP engineer would have to take the equipment to site as opposed to using a traditional courier. As the engineers do not have vans they would be limited for space and thus could only carry equipment for 1 branch. This would have necessitated several individual and often lengthy trips within the same regional area.
Initially CDL's responsibilities were limited to the collection of the old equipment, however after reviewing the project with the COOP team, we proposed the idea of also delivering the new equipment. Using our own vehicles we calculated that we could deliver to an average of 10 sites per day using a single vehicle in a given region. There would be no security issues as the vehicle would be dedicated to COOP deliveries and we use our own security cleared drivers and our vehicles are satellite tracked. All collections were returned same day and unloaded into our secure warehouse which is standard CDL practice. All jobs were processed within 10 days as per the agreed project SLA.
By adopting this approach we were able to reduce the project timescales by 6 weeks and we calculated that fuel usage would be cut by approximately 500% with corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions and thus pollution.
From a recycling perspective 100% of equipment removed from the COOP was refurbished and remarketed, which is an exceptional achievement and in line with our environmental policy of reuse wherever possible. As we were collecting the equipment we could ensure its safe packaging and transit. We were also able to reuse the packaging from the new equipment for the old equipment, ensuring no wastage.
As we run a fleet of 13 vehicles nationwide we are extremely conscious of fuel usage, both from a financial and environmental perspective. We chose the COOP project to simultaneously conduct our own experiment to see the impact of reducing average motorway speeds by 5mph. This small reduction resulted in average fuel savings of 12% across 6 vehicles with corresponding reductions in CO2 emissions. As a result all drivers are now limited to 70mph.