Press release from O’Donovan Waste Disposal

6th November 2017

O'Donovan Waste Disposal's new electric van

LoCITY Champion O’Donovan Waste Disposal has added an electric vehicle to its fleet. 

O’Donovan’s strategic focus on sustainability and commitment to cutting emissions was behind its recent decision to appoint Citroen as its preferred electric van retailer; a further move to make its fleet the most environmentally friendly in London.

Known for being an industry leader in innovation, the company consistently looks for ways to reduce its impact on the environment including researching electric and other alternative fuel options like gas and hydrogen.

Running the van costs less than £2 per 40 miles dividing daily cost by 5 (according to AVERE (National Association for the development of electric mobility). What’s more, maintenance costs for Berlingo Electric are 30 to 40 per cent lower.

Charging points have been installed in the company’s north London HQ that meet existing needs and also in readiness for fleet expansion. And in keeping with the company’s award-winning sustainability policies, the Citroen’s batteries automatically recharge when slowing down and braking… which shows that responsibility pays off!

As part of its wider commitment to protecting the environment, O’Donovan is committed to working with TfL LoCITY Programme and participating in the Waste and Construction Working Group to share its findings and help develop solutions such as the LoCITY driving course, which is presented in house by our MD, Jacqueline O’Donovan.

O’Donovan’s driver training across its entire fleet has had an impact on its environmental footprint as a whole.

In addition, its operational management system – for monitoring driving – has recorded a reduction in ‘events’ including speeding, braking, cornering and idling by 2,000 (over 60 per cent) over the course of a year.

This has improved both the safety of the fleet and its sustainability credentials – a reduction of CO2 per kilometre travelled by 21.5 per cent and an increase in kilometres per litre of fuel used by 27.5 per cent. A 50 per cent reduction in idling has also had a hugely beneficial impact on the environment.