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Greenest (and greatest!) fleet on the street

Copart’s Plan-Net-Zero programme is now fully in motion, and as the owner of the UK’s largest salvage transport fleet, the company is fully committed to making sustainability the focal point of its future fleet strategy. 


Greenest (and greatest!) fleet on the street soc

Over the last couple of years, Copart has made significant investment into new DAF & Volvo multi-car transporters, and JCB loaders as part of its ongoing fleet replacement and expansion programme. 

The fleet has also been boosted by Copart’s recent acquisition of Hills Salvage & Recycling – The Green Parts Specialists. With all assets, including the Hills UK transporter fleet and specialist technology systems included in the sale, an integration project is now underway.  

This will further strengthen the company’s logistical capabilities in line with growing customer demand and will bring Copart’s total owned UK-wide logistics fleet to circa. 500. 

Ongoing investment into all areas of its transport fleet will remain key as we head into the winter months, enabling the company to react quickly to extreme weather events, and provide reduced cycle times and an efficient service for its customers.  

From a tech perspective, investment into the deployment of the latest connected telematics across its fleet is enhancing efficiency and significantly lowering fuel consumption and emissions.   

Copart’s comprehensive driver behaviour telematics data not only improves driver productivity and long-term fleet sustainability but also helps to lower emissions and maintenance costs by planning the most intelligent and effective routes.

For the safety of Copart’s drivers and other road users, its DVS-compliant transporters also have connected forward, rear and side-facing vehicle cameras as well as side sensors and left turn warning alarms. 

Importantly, Copart’s transport fleet also includes both single and 3-car transporters. As well as the obvious environmental benefits, these vehicles further strengthen its operational capabilities by enabling their drivers to access challenging collections where there are HGV limitations or restrictions in place.  

Copart’s transport fleet also includes both single and 3-car transporters.

And, because of the strategic and unrivalled positioning of the company’s sites across the country, Copart is proud to say that they are never far from both urban communities and, therefore, its customers. This means that Copart can collect and handle vehicles quickly, efficiently, and with minimal environmental impact. 

Copart is very aware that as a global market leader, their insurance customers expect them to be a sustainable partner/green supplier and lead by example, so at Copart, they are passionate about rising to (and exceeding!) this challenge.  

Supporting Copart’s Plan-Net-Zero commitment to achieving the ‘Greenest Fleet on the Street’ they are:  

  • Providing Euro VI and DVS (Direct Vision Standard) compliancy across their transporter fleet.  
  • Investing significantly into JCB loaders with lower fuel consumption and emissions to minimise environmental impact. 
  • Investing into single and 3-car transporters to enhance fleet efficiency and further reduce carbon emissions.
  • Running their Driver Academy Programme in partnership with HGVC, the first and only UK driver training provider to offer carbon neutral training. 
  • But of course, sustainability is everyone’s responsibility, and we must work together across the industry to make transformative changes. 

Copart will continue to work closely with its partnership network across the fleet, transport, infrastructure, and education, reviewing everything from training to the most sustainable fuel options to ensure they operate the Greenest Fleet on the Street and play their part in creating a sustainable future.



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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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