Swish Transport Report 2018

Swish is committed to continuous improvement in the environmental performance of its delivery fleet in order to minimise its impact on the environment.

In order to do this we monitor the number of miles that our delivery vehicles cover and the fuel that they consume over that distance. We can then tell how efficient we are in our delivery operations and as a result monitor the effect of strategies we put in place to reduce our fuel usage.

As suggested in the 2017 report, in 2018 we introduced remote monitoring of driver performance in:

  • Harsh braking
  • Cornering speeds
  • General speeding

Drivers are trained to extract the maximum mpg from their vehicles by driving in a smooth, safe and efficient manner.

To achieve the considerable efficiencies since 2008 we have put in place some carefully monitored actions:

  • The Swish transport fleet is regularly updated to continue to take advantage of improvements in vehicle emission levels and fuel usage. During 2018 the fleet consisted of two x Euro5 and seven x Euro 6 artics. At the same time we ran a full fleet of Euro 6 compliant rigid body trucks.

  • All our vehicles are regularly maintained  to a high standard ensuring that they all perform at their optimum

  • Because our fleet is so efficient we use our own vehicles on longer routes and use subcontract vehicles only when necessary.

  • We monitor load utilisation and have invested in software to maximise loads and reduce mileage.

  • We train all our drivers to help them improve fuel usage and on our new vehicles we will have driver assist information to advise drivers in real time on optimum driving techniques to reduce fuel consumption.

  • Some of our vehicles have had their maximum speed lowered in order to reduce fuel consumption.

Diesel usage 

In 2018 we managed to bring our fuel usage back under control from the marked increase of just over 14% we had seen in 2017. This was achieved with closer driver monitoring and training and a greater concentration on vehicle routing.

In 2015 we began to monitor the diesel used by company cars and measure this against production tonnage. As a result we were able to say that in 2018 the CO2 output from this source increased by 19.9%. We acknowledge that this is not a welcome result, however there was a significant increase in vehicle movements by office staff that we do not anticipate lasting into 2019.

  Elements Change 2017/18  Change since 2008
Moving Impacts (Transportation) Transport Vehicle Fuel, LPG -2.6% -8.0%
Company Vehicle Fuel Diesel used by company cars +19.9% N/A