Thrifty coun­cil staff succeed in drive to keep fuel costs down

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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