Energy Efficiency Award - Major User

 

Winner: Matthews Coach Hire Ltd
(Fuel Efficiency)

Company Information
Managing Directors Paddy and Mary Matthews founded Matthews Coach Hire Ltd, in 1995. Together with the help of their three sons and their employees the company provides travel services to 3,500 passengers on a daily basis. Matthews Coach Hire has 53 staff members, including coach operators, managerial, mechanical and administrative employees and currently operates a fleet of 29 vehicles. 

Project Description
Matthews Coach Hire Ltd has implemented an ongoing fuel efficiency project which includes elements such as, driver training,  GPS tracking of vehicles, fuel use monitoring and upgraded vehicle servicing.

After completing the SEAI Transport EnergyMAP course, Noel Matthews, the Fleet Manager,  saw the value of implementing a company-wide energy efficiency project based on the structured EnergyMAP approach and an Energy Policy was adopted by the company.

The energy efficiency activities introduced to support the Energy Policy predominately tackle diesel usage but also address lighting and heating usage in the office. With vehicle drivers having a significant influence on vehicle fuel use, each driver was trained in eco- driving, a style suited to modern engine technology, which is based on smart, smooth and safe driving techniques.  A new energy performance indicator of Litres/100Km was set up and a GPS tracking system was introduced into the coaches to help gauge the efficiency of the journeys by capturing, engine idling time, vehicle speed, and diesel usage. Drivers get regular feedback on their performance. The vehicles themselves are serviced every weekend to ensure they are operating at maximum efficiency. The company has also effectively promoted its energy activities to its customers and contractors.

Within 12 months these energy improvements have led to an increase in fuel efficiency of 6%.

Judges Description
The energy management project arose out of a recognition that fuel efficiency has become a key competitive issue for the transport business. A structured energy campaign focusing on the company’s  organisational procedures, vehicle operation and driver behaviour is an exemplar for the industry.

 
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