Bibby Distribution has, due to significant investment in its fleet and driver training in 2012, reduced its total diesel consumption by 2%.

This reduction follows an 18-month period of initiatives including the introduction of 20 new Don-Bur Teardrop trailers and advanced training in Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) for more than 400 of its drivers.

"This is not only a moral obligation, but reducing our CO2 emissions generally provides a cost benefit as well," said Iain Speak, Bibby's chief executive officer.

The drop in fuel usage is combined with a reduction in Bibby's fleet size of 4.8% over 12 months. By the end of 2013 Bibby will have 25 longer semi-trailers in service.

The company is lobbying for an increase in its longer semi-trailer allocation.  So far, it is one of the few operators to have effectively deployed its full allocation.

Bibby operates from 90 locations across the UK and employes 2,500 people.

By Rhiannon Crawford