Thrifty council staff succeed in drive to keep fuel costs down
Canny council staff are being thrifty when it comes to fuel costs following a training course.
Fife Council has saved nearly £200,000 on fuel following the introduction of its FuelGood programme.
The initiative, trialled in its building services division, sustained a saving of £189,000 on an annual fuel spend of £1.43 million in 2016.
Now the local authority is set to roll the programme out to other areas in a bid to keep the savings coming.
Graham Hodgkins, asset manager for the council’s building services, said: “We actually found it really easy to implement and the results speak for themselves with a 15% saving on fuel consumption already.
“There were a few cynics at first, but it didn’t take long before people realised how useful it was, particularly when it comes to learning how to get the most out of modern and hybrid vehicles.
“To put it another way, every pound we save goes back into our budget, safeguarding the services we provide.
“There are plans now to roll this out across the whole of the council, which has an approximate fuel spend of £4.8m. “Hopefully, we can achieve similar results.” Matthew Eastwood from the Energy Saving Trust said: “Even small changes in driver behaviour can make a big difference and, in addition to a cost reduction of £189,000, the initiatives delivered by Fife Council have saved 3,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.”
From left: John Rodigan, Matthew Eastwood, councillors Judy Hamilton and John Wincott, and Graham Hodgkins.