LondonEnergy, has invested over 3 million in the modernisation of its tractor and bespoke trailer units.
The new Mercedes-Benz tractor units and bespoke semi-trailers manufactured by Legras (France), will be used to transport material between LondonEnergy’s 9 facilities located throughout the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. This will enable as much material as possible to be recycled, optimising its environmental and commercial value. Waste which cannot be recycled further is processed at LondonEnergy’s flagship Energy Centre at Edmonton in London, where it is used to produce sustainable energy.
In-line with the company’s safety ethos and the FORS Gold requirement (the highest accreditation awarded by the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme), each vehicle comes with the very latest safety specification. Tractor units and semi-trailers are equipped with a forward, n/o-side and rear-view camera system as well as an audible warning alarm. The entire fleet is also fitted with ‘Wheel Sentry’ – an all-in-one solution to the complex problem of loose wheel nuts which makes wheel checks easier, whilst at the same time protecting against wheel loss.
Each tractor-unit is monitored by Mercedes-Benz through the new, highly sophisticated, ‘Up-time’ programme. This system pre-empts any mechanical or technical issues and sends automatic alerts straight to the manufacturer (service agent) and operator. This facilitates the immediate inspection of the vehicle and means issues can be resolved as soon as practicable to prevent issue exacerbation and associated unnecessary down-time.
Commenting on the investment, LondonEnergy’s Managing Director, Peter Sharpe, said: “We are extremely conscious of our responsibility to manage North London’s waste safely and effectively and to minimise our impact on local communities. These vehicles combine the latest safety features with high efficiency so reducing our fuel usage and emissions even further. The new livery also provides a terrific opportunity to raise awareness of what is happening with waste generated locally.”
Also commenting on the investment is LondonEnergy’s Transport and Logistics Manager, Les Calter: “The new fleet of Mercedes-Benz tractor and Legras semi-trailer units will facilitate LondonEnergy’s aim to becoming a leader in safety within the resource management sector and also support the companies Start Safely campaign.
Last year LondonEnergy, generated enough energy to power over 80,000 homes, diverting nearly 700,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill and delivering a carbon dioxide emission saving of nearly 300,000 tonnes.