As part of a global corporate environmental policy, TruckEast, the main dealer of prestigious Scania trucks in SE England, sets and pursues annual green targets, aiming to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.
TruckEast provides convenient, local access to a one-stop-shop for servicing, repairs and maintenance in the East of England, and when Vita Energia lighting energy engineers surveyed its Wellingborough site, they confirmed that the existing lighting system had great potential for helping reach the annual carbon reduction targets.
Initially, a test-strip was set up, proving the efficiency of the Vita Energia solution and the quality of light, and as a result, the solution was rolled out across the entire site, which spans five acres and includes a 14-bay workshop, body shop and offices.
Vita Energia’s lighting energy efficiency solutions is now saving the company just over £20,000 and 40 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. With an interest free loan from the Carbon Trust, and a payback of only 13 months, the project has not only cut cost, but improved the quality of light – benefitting approximately 70 workers at its Wellingborough site.
Graham Broughton, site manager, TruckEast, said: “Initially I was quite sceptical, but the implementation process proved to be very smooth, and the results are extremely satisfactory. Not only are we saving both CO2 and cost, but the quality of light has also improved significantly. The early indications are good, and we’re now looking into implementing the solution on other sites as well if the result after 12 months is as positive as it looks at the moment”.
Scania dealer saves 40 tonnes of CO2 annually with Vita Energia lighting energy efficiency project Duncan Stevens, director of Vita Energia, explains: “We upgraded a total of 415 fittings at TruckEast’s site, the majority of which were retrofittings, which means that we rework the old light fitting to become more energy efficient. This is the quickest and most cost-efficient way to reach green targets. TruckEast received an interest free loan from the Carbon Trust, and the project has a very fast payback with no initial cost to the company. In fact it will be cash positive for them as the loan term is longer than the payback period.”
With an interest free loan from the Carbon Trust, TruckEast had no initial pay-out, and to date, the result has been lower energy bills, a reduction in CO2 emissions and better light quality, benefitting employees, procurement and the environment.
The Carbon Trust is offering UK small and medium businesses up to £100,000 in interest-free funding, to help them scrap their old power-guzzling equipment and replace it with energy saving models that are more efficient and cheaper to run. The loans are designed to pay for themselves through direct energy savings, so once the loans are repaid; savings go straight onto the bottom line.
“Not only are we saving both CO2 and cost, but the quality of light has also improved significantly” Graham Broughton, site manager, Scania TruckEast.