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Contractors World - 2015 Vol 5 No 2

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& Carbon Benefits

Costain, in conjunction with JCB, the construction machinery manufacturer, recently held a Supply Chain Seminar to see how it can reduce its consumption of gas oil.

The recent event at JCB's World Headquarters in Staffordshire was attended by senior leaders from 14 plant suppliers including Speedy Hire, A-Plant and L. Lynch Plant Hire and Haulage. From Costain, there were representatives from innovation, supply chain management, store managers, SHE and plant coordinators from the Company's main gas oil consuming sectors.

The event looked at alternative energy sources and what a future construction site might look like. It also examined how a more integrated approach to transport, using telematics, might help to reduce future gas oil consumption.

Telematics is an interdisciplinary field encompassing telecommunications, vehicular technologies, road transportation, road safety, electrical engineering such as sensors, instrumentation and wireless communications, and computer science.

Following a welcome and introduction from Damien Canning, Costain's Carbon Manager, and Tim Embley, Costain's Group Innovation and Knowledge Manager, the event focused on four discussion areas:

JCB continuously tries to improve the fuel efficiency of its equipment for the benefit of its customers, both for environmental sustainability purposes and lower overall cost of ownership.
Since 2010, it has improved fuel efficiency by 35% across its product range, which has saved its customers one billion litres of fuel globally.

JCB was therefore an obvious choice in helping Costain address the issue of reducing gas oil consumption on its projects.

Damien Canning said:

Costain's gas oil consumption per £m of revenue doubled during 2014, driven largely by fuel intensive projects in the Highways, Rail and Water sectors.
    Just two of our Highways projects consumed around 30% of all directly procured gas oil. Based on those figures, we wanted to hold an event to see how we can halt, and reverse, the increase we experienced in 2014.


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