DBL Logistics aids carbon capture

DBL Logistics has partnered with the University of Sheffield to help academics develop new software, called SCEnAT+, which could help reduce hauliers’ carbon footprint.

The Sheffield-based haulier said its work with the university has been a “real eye opener” to demonstrate ways the business can not only improve its CO2 impact, but also save money.

Pallet specialist DBL has been feeding operational data from its day-to-day freight activities across Sheffield, such as routeing, driver performance and fuel usage.

As a result, a traffic light report that compared DBL against sector-average benchmarking showed how its work as a member of pallet network UPN was an efficient and effective way of reducing emissions.

“We were able to analyse what would have happened if goods were delivered outside of the pallet network model, end-to-end,” explained MD David Clarkson. “We saw that the pallet network model saved a significant amount of carbon per delivery compared with general haulage running.”

However, the system also flagged up the inefficiencies of running older kit on its fleet in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance costs.

DBL is refreshing its 24-strong tractor fleet from local MAN dealer HRVS Sheffield. It is also investing in new trailers, predominantly SDC double-deck and straight-frame units on contract hire with Specialist Trailer Hire, which includes a tyre maintenance package.