Reducing CO2 emissions through intelligent backloading
To find the most efficient trucks for our customers, our real-time systems continually look for opportunities where a truck needing to get from a future delivery point to a subsequent collection point can fulfill a new load within the required constraints and generate a positive return.
In these circumstances, rather than a truck driving empty from delivery point to subsequent collection point and a second truck moving the new load, the original truck makes a detour to take the new load, saving resources and generating efficiency savings for both carrier and customer.
Where we fill a truck going from A to B in this manner with a backload from C to D, we reduce the original unloaded distance AB to the sum of the two detour distances AC and DB. If we multiply the distance saved AB-(AC+DB) by the total GHG CO2 equivalent per km for an unloaded HGV (see DEFRA conversion factors table 7d) then we can calculate the total CO2 saved.