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Copart trials FuelActive sustainability solution

As part of Copart’s Plan-Net-Zero sustainability commitment – and as the owner of the UK’s largest salvage transport fleet – they’re always looking for tech solutions that will enable them to save fuel and reduce environmental impact.


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Having recently boosted their total owned UK-wide logistics fleet to circa. 500 following Copart’s recent acquisition of Hills Salvage & Recycling – The Green Parts Specialists, sustainability is a focal point of the company’s future fleet strategy.

Copart has already committed to a series of actions which will ensure that they have the ‘Greenest Fleet on the Street’, including:

This includes:

  • Ensuring Euro VI compliancy across their transporter fleet.
  • Investing into JCB loaders with lower fuel consumption and emissions
  • Investing into single and 3-car transporters to enhance fleet efficiency and further reduce carbon emissions
  • Partnering with HGVC for our Driver Academy Programme, the first and only UK driver training provider to offer carbon-neutral training

The latest of Copart’s ‘Greenest Fleet on the Street’ initiatives is the recent completion of a 6-month trial of FuelActive, a unique method of delivering 92% cleaner fuel to the engine.

Copart trials FuelActive sustainability solution FAWhereas standard diesel engines and storage units draw fuel from the bottom of the fuel tank (where water, sediment, diesel bug and other contaminants can settle), FuelActive’s solution draws fuel from just below the surface of the fuel tank.

This unique and patented fuel pick-up system ensures that only clean fuel enters the fuel lines, eliminating the effects of fuel contamination and reducing fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions by 5%.

Copart trialled FuelActive across three separate Copart locations to reflect a variety of different routes, including cross-country and inner-city.

Phil Briggs, Director of Operation Centres, Transport & Engineering at Copart, said:

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Phil Briggs

“This FuelActive trial is yet another ‘Greenest Fleet on the Street’ initiative we are exploring as part of our Plan-Net-Zero commitment, which is designed to address all aspects of our operations against our ambition of achieving carbon neutrality in the shortest possible timescale.

We’ve already made significant investment into the latest telematics and camera technology across our transport fleet, providing unique data and insight into driving styles and fuel consumption, and we’re actively exploring the option of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles going forwards.

The initial findings from the trial are very positive, and we look forward to sharing the results after further analysis.”


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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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