Work undertaken Weed control
Arboriculture
Grounds maintenance
Sector experience Public realm
Services Project management
Client Warwick District Council
Contractor idverde UK
 
 

Context

With sustainability at the forefront of idverde's business strategy, the company has continued to expand its portfolio of low-carbon services to the local authority sector.

April 2021 marked the beginning of a new grounds maintenance and street cleaning contract with Warwick District Council, which is underpinned by the local authority’s carbon neutral and net zero targets.

This contract, alongside other similar idverde contracts, is of significant importance within the context of climate change and global ambitions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. This contract is one of many large-scale idverde maintenance contracts which are now aligned with that global ambition and will pave the way for what will become the new sustainable operating models of the future for this industry.

Six months into the new contract place, idverde looks at how its pioneering new approach is unfolding, what lessons have been learned already, and whether there have been any measurable sustainability gains at this early stage.

A service solution for the future

The new sustainability-focused approach to delivering this contract started with the electrification of the majority of vehicles and machinery that is used to deliver the grounds maintenance service. What was once a fossil fuel dominated fleet is now characterised by electric commercial vehicles and a suite of the very latest electric-powered grass cutting machinery and smaller pedestrian equipment. The contract was resourced with £400,000+ worth of new battery-powered equipment and machinery including:

  • 6 electric cans
  • 1 electric car
  • 9 Mean Green grass cutting machines
  • 60 Pellenc small pedestrian machines
  • 4 Pellenc data stations
  • 2 Infinicut FX26 greens mowers

In order to deploy the new fleet of electric vehicles and machines, idverde's existing depot infrastructure had to be upgraded to ensure sufficient charging capacity would be available to power the assets. Vehicle charging points were installed alongside machinery charging points and substantial battery charging infrastructure in the form of four Pellenc data stations and racking for the dozens of batteries required to keep small equipment powered throughout the day.

Sustainability gains

As incumbent service providers of the grounds maintenance services to Warwick District Council, idverde has been able to appraise the impact of its new low-carbon service in comparison to the previous service which was delivered with conventional engine vehicles and machinery. Analysis of five months' of contract data between April 2020 and August 2021 shows:

  • a 50.7% reduction in the quantity of petrol consumed on this contract.
  • a 36% reduction in emissions from diesel consumption. 

Next steps

As idverde continues to deliver services for Warwick District Council its focus will be on the continuous improvement of its sustainability performance and meeting the Council’s net zero ambitions.

Each year the grass cutting season offers the opportunity for improved efficiency and learning as the company strives to leverage maximum benefits of the low-carbon technology that is in operation at Warwick.

Aside from the work at Warwick idverde is exploring other strategies for reducing carbon emissions for hard-to-decarbonise fleet and this important work will inform how it will play its role in addressing climate change and aligning its performance with global ambitions for net zero.


Context

With sustainability at the forefront of idverde's business strategy, the company has continued to expand its portfolio of low-carbon services to the local authority sector.

April 2021 marked the beginning of a new grounds maintenance and street cleaning contract with Warwick District Council, which is underpinned by the local authority’s carbon neutral and net zero targets.

This contract, alongside other similar idverde contracts, is of significant importance within the context of climate change and global ambitions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. This contract is one of many large-scale idverde maintenance contracts which are now aligned with that global ambition and will pave the way for what will become the new sustainable operating models of the future for this industry.

Six months into the new contract place, idverde looks at how its pioneering new approach is unfolding, what lessons have been learned already, and whether there have been any measurable sustainability gains at this early stage.

A service solution for the future

The new sustainability-focused approach to delivering this contract started with the electrification of the majority of vehicles and machinery that is used to deliver the grounds maintenance service. What was once a fossil fuel dominated fleet is now characterised by electric commercial vehicles and a suite of the very latest electric-powered grass cutting machinery and smaller pedestrian equipment. The contract was resourced with £400,000+ worth of new battery-powered equipment and machinery including:

  • 6 electric cans
  • 1 electric car
  • 9 Mean Green grass cutting machines
  • 60 Pellenc small pedestrian machines
  • 4 Pellenc data stations
  • 2 Infinicut FX26 greens mowers

In order to deploy the new fleet of electric vehicles and machines, idverde's existing depot infrastructure had to be upgraded to ensure sufficient charging capacity would be available to power the assets. Vehicle charging points were installed alongside machinery charging points and substantial battery charging infrastructure in the form of four Pellenc data stations and racking for the dozens of batteries required to keep small equipment powered throughout the day.

Sustainability gains

As incumbent service providers of the grounds maintenance services to Warwick District Council, idverde has been able to appraise the impact of its new low-carbon service in comparison to the previous service which was delivered with conventional engine vehicles and machinery. Analysis of five months' of contract data between April 2020 and August 2021 shows:

  • a 50.7% reduction in the quantity of petrol consumed on this contract.
  • a 36% reduction in emissions from diesel consumption. 

Next steps

As idverde continues to deliver services for Warwick District Council its focus will be on the continuous improvement of its sustainability performance and meeting the Council’s net zero ambitions.

Each year the grass cutting season offers the opportunity for improved efficiency and learning as the company strives to leverage maximum benefits of the low-carbon technology that is in operation at Warwick.

Aside from the work at Warwick idverde is exploring other strategies for reducing carbon emissions for hard-to-decarbonise fleet and this important work will inform how it will play its role in addressing climate change and aligning its performance with global ambitions for net zero.


 
 
 
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