British Gypsum has launched a new fleet of HGVs as part of its commitment sustainability.
British Gypsum has invested £7 million in its fleet of HGVs to ensure its products are delivered to its partner construction customers in an efficient, secure, safe and sustainable way. Fuelled by a combination of sustainable fuels, 53 of the HGVs will be powered by HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), and the remaining 23 will be fuelled by Bio-LNG (liquified natural gas) . Expected to cover approximately 150,000km each year, the sustainable fuel will provide a 90% reduction in greenhouse gases, when compared to the outgoing fleet, and a 30% overall reduction across the total network.
The latest fleet of vehicles signifies British Gypsum’s progress to becoming net carbon zero by 2050. Furthermore, it highlights its commitment to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) status.
To improve the welfare experience of its drivers, each cab also provides an adjustable steering wheel with neck-tilt, a fully electronic air conditioning system with sun and air quality sensors, as well as a fridge and a microwave. Safety has also been prioritised, with each HGV benefiting from an extended catwalk behind the cab to give the driver a safer place to operate, and each is equipped with an Electronically-controlled Brake System (EBS). For additional safety, the trucks are fitted with blind spot detection sensors, audible alarms for reversing and turning left, 360-degree CCTV cameras, ‘RollGuard’ technology to eliminate the risk of trailer roll-away, and CoupleSafe to alert the driver if the trailer is not connected correctly.
Brian Fisher, head of distribution, British Gypsum, said: “Our new fleet of vehicles underlines our commitment to ensuring that our products are delivered to customers in an efficient, secure, safe and sustainable way, whilst further improving welfare standards for our drivers. The latest investment signifies yet more progress as we continue on our journey to being net carbon zero by 2050 and highlights our continued commitment to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) status.”