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Toll Rail wins major energy award

Toll Rail wins major energy award

Toll Rail have been announced as the winner of the Shell New Zealand Transport Award at last nights EECA Energywise Awards held before a capacity crowd in Auckland.

The entry focused on Toll Rail fuel saving initiatives on the South Island coal route. In the past 12 months, around a million litres of fuel has been saved. It has now been rolled out nationally through Toll’s 18 regional depots.

Toll Rail has been able to establish the most fuel-efficient driving behaviors and demonstrate these to its drivers, who have modified their driving with dramatic results.

This initiative has made a direct and immediate impact on Toll Rail’s fuel consumption and provides the platform for significant and sustained reduction across all of Toll’s operations – benefiting the New Zealand freight industry and the environment.

Toll Rail Group General Manager Joe Garbellini said he was delighted that Toll Rail won the award and said much of that credit must go to Toll Rail’s 420 strong drivers’ team in the design of the competition and the enthusiasm they have shown towards the initiative.

“We needed their help and ideas. Most importantly, we needed their active involvement and enthusiasm.”

He also thanked Shell for their ongoing support.

The judges of the award said, that Toll Rail made excellent use of New Zealand technology readily deployable through the company. This has resulted in significant changes to driver behavior extending to a healthy change of culture within the company. This initiative is significant for the enormous enthusiasm and buy-in from the drivers.

A record 156 entries were received for the 2007 EECA Energywise Awards.


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