Transguard sees huge savings with biofuel project

The project, initiated by an intern, has saved over AED250,000

(left-to-right) Transguard Group's John Nolan, Rebecca Perkins and Alastair Johnstone.
(left-to-right) Transguard Group's John Nolan, Rebecca Perkins and Alastair Johnstone.

The Dubai-headquartered Transguard Group recently honoured one of its employees for initiating a biofuel project for the company’s fleet of 150 diesel buses, which will help the company save over AED250,000 in the first year alone.

Management intern Rebecca Perkins, from Transguard’s Property and Logistics team, proposed that if Transguard switched its 150 strong fleet of diesel-fuelled buses to biodiesel (a fuel generated from vegetable oil) it could make significant financial and environmental savings.

Once Perkins' idea was implemented, results soon followed. “Three months after the first fleet of buses had made the switch, the initiative had already become a resounding success,” said Mark Povey, communications director at Transguard Group.

“By using biodiesel provided by Neutral Fuels and Lootah Biofuels, we estimate that Rebecca’s initiative will have saved us over AED250,000 ($68,000) within 12 months of its inception, and reduced our carbon emissions by 1,000 tonnes,” Povey said. “No vehicle modifications were needed and no engine damage will occur to run the fuel, so all fuel savings go straight to the bottom line.”

In recognition of Perkins’ enterprising initiative, Transguard honoured her with a Business Improvement Award, which is a company initiative that aims to encourage employees at all levels to submit ideas on how to optimise business performance.

For her biofuel project, Perkins was presented with a cheque for the maximum award of AED25,000 ($6,800) by the company’s managing director, John Nolan, and its director of business improvement, Alastair Johnstone.

Perkins has been working with Transguard for nine months during her gap year between finishing her bachelor’s degree in sustainable development and starting her master’s in landscape ecology.

“During her time with us she has not only developed the biofuel initiative but also introduced gardens at our accommodation facilities that are irrigated by grey water and organised a community tree planting day called ‘Give a Ghaf’ which saw 20 Transguard staff members planting 100 trees as part of a wider Goumbook initiative,” Povey said.


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