Energy Awareness Award

Winner - Matthews Coach Hire Ltd

Company Profile

Matthews Coach Hire operates a high-frequency commuter service to Dublin from the North-East. Matthews employ 72 people and have a fleet of 35 vehicles across their commuter, corporate hire, events and coach tours services. They operate short breaks and day trips in Ireland, UK and Europe.

Project Information

Matthews Coach Hire initiated procedures to raise awareness of energy efficiency across employees on a much more personal level. Installation of new technology and driver education allowed Matthews to raise each employee’s energy awareness, providing them with direct feedback on their individual energy usage. Drivers influence up to 30% of fuel consumption and this campaign positively recognises good driving behaviour, and encourages improvement through accurate feedback on a continuous basis. To date with this project, Matthews have reduced fuel consumption from 30 litres per 100km to 28 litres per 100km (10mpg).

Judges Description

‘‘Matthews Coach Hire has demonstrated an excellent programme which shows how technology systems can be integrated to improve energy awareness. The programme showed commitment, empathy and adaptability around engagement with personnel. To date this project has reduced fuel consumption by 3%per annum through improved drive behaviour.’’

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