Freightspeed and the HSE – Collaborating for Sustainable Transport

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L-R John Flynn, CEO FreightSpeed; Linda Reddy, GM FreightSpeed; Siobhan Dunphy, HSE; & Senator Grace O'Sullivan

Freightspeed is a logistics specialist serving the medical and pharmaceutical industries for over 20 years. The company was the winner of both the transport award at the 2017 Green Business Awards and The Green Mover Award at the 2017 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards for their work with the HSE on improving sustainability.

The company operates a fleet of over 130 vehicles which provide a nationwide service specifically tailored to HSE requirements. Freightspeed worked closely which HSE logistics staff to undertake a review of operations to identify opportunities for increased sustainability. An in-depth analysis of the company's fleet profile and fleet utilisation statistics led to a marked reduction in kilometres driven and fuel usage.

The HSE were able to provide detailed info on consignments shipped on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis which could be efficiently matched to the load capacity of FreightSpeed's vehicles. Freightspeed conducted a Site Risk Assessment of each delivery location and demonstrated flexibility in ensuring suitably sized vehicles were assigned to these locations which reduced unnecessary driving and fuel consumption.

PS tracking technology was used to carry out route optimisation analysis using vehicle data collected over a period of months. This enabled Freightspeed to work with the HSE to make strategic planning decisions to increase efficiency, to provide cost savings, and to reduce the number of same day deliveries required by a third.

To further reduce fuel consumption Drivers were given training in Eco Driving Techniques which reduced Idling time and harsh driving events which could be monitored by GPS. This also resulting in a reduction in consignment damage and vehicle wear. A weekly tyre-pressure audit was introduced as low tyre pressure increases rolling resistance leading to higher fuel consumption.

The combination of measures introduced through this collaborative project has resulted in a reduction of C02 emissions by 38% while producing transport cost savings of 7.3% for the HSE.