We recognise that our carbon footprint extends beyond manufacturing and the distribution and transport of our products also contributes to the Group’s carbon footprint. In 2020, we will report for the first full year the carbon emissions associated with our transport fleet through CDP. The Group has a unique “End to End” supply chain model in the UK and Ireland, with circa 360 vehicles in operation. This allows efficiencies to be identified across every stage of the product journey.
All new vehicles leased or purchased must meet the EURO 6 standard. We also have a rolling programme to replace existing fleet and 40 vehicles were replaced in the Matthew Clark fleet in 2019.
A solar transport solution is being fitted to 30 new vehicles. The solar panels will harvest energy for ancillary functions reducing fuel consumption by up to 5%. We are also updating existing fleet by retrofitting panels.
Electric vehicles are being trialled for deliveries in urban areas. An electric-powered van is currently being utilised for small-volume deliveries of Five lamps craft beer in Dublin. Whilst the weight of deliveries presents a challenge for electric vehicles for primary product movements, we are investigating alternative fuels and are looking to trial a liquid natural gas (HGV) for Cambuslang.
We are eliminating the need for secondary loads, by introducing direct delivery of orders from manufacturing sites to customer premises. In FY2020, we further increased the level of direct deliveries from the Clonmel site to UK customers to 68%.
By working in collaboration with raw material and third-party drinks suppliers we are reducing empty running of trucks. Vehicles delivering to C&C operational sites are backloaded with outbound customer deliveries.
Software including transport network and route planning and on-road training for driver habits have maximised fuel consumption.
“The Group has a unique “End to End” supply chain model in the UK and Ireland, with c.360 vehicles in operation. This allows efficiencies to be identified across every stage of the product journey.”
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