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odexo Defence has taken delivery of Sodexo’s first electric retail vehicles as part of a programme to reduce its fuel consumption and carbon footprint. The two vehicles, which are noise and CO2


emissions-free, are mobile catering vans designed to offer hot and cold snacks and drinks. They have been leased from supply chain partners Goupil.

They will service the Royal Navy’s Air Stations, Culdrose in Cornwall and Yeovilton in Somerset, which are among the busiest airfields in the UK. They are home to the Fleet Air Arm’s front-line and training squadrons, hundreds of aircraft and helicopters, and thousands of personnel – air and ground crew – plus civilian staff. The electric vehicles will be providing scheduled services at aircraft hangars and workshops located away from Sodexo’s main catering, retail and leisure facilities as well as making stops around the air stations on request.

The introduction of the vehicles supports Sodexo’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint as part of its sustainability strategy to 2020, the Better Tomorrow Plan, and is in line with the Ministry of Defence’s own environmental policies.

Sodexo Defence, which provides high quality support services on military bases, currently operates a mixed fleet of more than 200 vehicles around the UK and is introducing electric vehicles to help protect the

environment, reduce costs and to provide a better service to its customers. Last year, Sodexo Defence took delivery of its first eight electric utility vehicles for cleaning and laundry services. There is a total of ten electric vehicles currently in use within the business. Trials at Aldershot Garrison and the Defence School of

Transport last year, showed that replacing traditional diesel-powered vehicles with electric equivalents saw a 90 per cent reduction in diesel costs; carbon emissions were reduced to zero; maintenance costs were more than halved and significant savings were made on both road tax and insurance costs; and exhaust fumes were eliminated from the clients’ premises.

The new electric retail vehicles were handed over to Sodexo Defence logistics director, Phil Carter, at RNAS Yeovilton by Goupil's export area manager for the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, Yassine Kerroumi. Tel: 020 7404 0110

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METERING ACHIEVES ENERGY SAVINGS FOR REGENT STREET DIRECT Leading sustainability and energy consultancy Total Environmental Management (TEM) has been asked by Regent Street Direct to provide advice about

measuring The Crown Estate’s carbon footprint on its urban direct-managed estate. TEM has undertaken a Smart Metering programme with Regent Street Direct across 100 NHH (non-half hourly) and gas supplies of The Crown Estate, with the objective of making energy management and long term


strategies to reduce energy consumption more effective. Mark Gough, Head of Sustainability at The Crown Estate, said: “Sustainability is integral to our long established values of commercialism, integrity and stewardship and we have the ability to take a long term view. We have achieved a 47 per cent improvement in carbon emission intensity since 2007/8 exceeding our target. We are not complacent though and are setting a new ambitious target for a further 50 per cent by 2022 and this smart metering programme will help us to achieve this.” Before embarking on the


installation of the smart meters, TEM undertook a feasibility study to gauge the type of meter required, and to ensure that the location of each meter would allow data to be communicated back to the central data suite. Power surveys were also undertaken at pre-selected properties to confirm the loads connected to each meter, essential for monitoring in the future. The successful Smart Metering programme has provided Regent Street Direct with detailed analytics, which have considerably improved energy reporting, participation with the CRC and ensured accurate invoices at The

Crown Estate properties. Julie Hogarth, Director of

Facilities Management at Regent Street Direct, said: “By working with TEM, we have been able to introduce well- informed sustainable and energy management strategies across our portfolio and contribute toward The Crown Estate’s aim to reduce carbon emissions.” Tracy Lewis, Operations Director at TEM, commented: “TEM is proud to have such a successful partnership with Regent Street Direct and it’s a pleasure to work for a client with a clear sustainability strategy.”

L-Rt: Lt Jason Prosser, RNAS Yeovilton; Yassine Kerroumi, Goupil's Export Area Manager for the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia; Peter Evans, Services Manager at RNAS Yeovilton; and Sodexo Defence's Logistics Director, Phil Carter.

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