Whitbread rolls out highest pallet capacity trailers

Whitbread, the owners of Costa and Premier Inn, are tackling their carbon emissions head on by investing in the UK’s most energy efficient trailers for their HGV distribution fleet

The use of double-decker trailers is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 23% compared with the current standard trailer operation – over 1,150 tonnes per year – as a result of fewer journeys and greater fuel efficiency.

Whitbread has a committed target to reduce their direct CO2 emissions by 26% by 2020 and they seeking to lead the UK hospitality sector in the transition to a more sustainable operating model. The new technology will help Whitbread go beyond these targets, and help drive down carbon emissions further.

Brodie McMillan, Logistics Director for Whitbread, said: “We are delighted to be the first company in the UK to be using these space efficient trailers. Their unique design means we can pack more goods into a single load, both for primary trunking and backhauling, so reducing the number of journeys we need to make and speeding up our supply chain. Fewer journeys mean fewer miles, which saves us time and money, reduces congestion and drastically cuts the carbon emissions from our logistics fleet. Scaled up, the benefits that we’ll see from these trailers over a year’s worth of journeys are simply huge.”

The new Whitbread trailers accommodate 52 standard pallets versus 26 carried on a conventional trailer.

Whitbread estimates the new trailers will save the business over £400,000 per year in fuel and driver costs, and will result in 1.5 million fewer kilometres being travelled every year.

Under the initiative, 12 double-decker trailers will initially replace 16 standard trailers and 2 tractor units along Whitbread’s key supply routes. Six of the new trailers will supply Costa stores and six will supply Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants.

Investing in these new trailers is part of Whitbread’s wider programme to reduce CO2 emissions. The business is increasingly working with the supply chain to achieve its targeted CO2 savings and has recently carried out a carbon footprint exercise with the Carbon Trust to identify opportunities to save carbon emissions during the production of the Premier Inn bed.

The new trailers will also reduce carbon emissions for Whitbread’s restaurant brands including Beefeater Grill, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Taybarns.

Earlier this month, Whitbread also celebrated achieving a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating for their pioneering green hotel and restaurant in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. All of these advances point towards Whitbread’s drive towards a more sustainable future.

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