Consideration for the environment in which we live.
We recognise that although it is an essential part of your business, driving vehicles has sustainability
implications for the environment, communities, and personal health and safety.
As part of our commitment to supporting our customers becoming more sustainable, we encourage the adoption
of good practices that promote health and safety, the consideration the communities, and the reduction of
the environmental impact of driving.
The Government have identified 6 easy tips for
carbon dioxide emissions and saving on fuel.
Pump up to cut down
Under inflated tyres create more resistance when your car is moving. That means your engine has to work
harder, so more fuel is used and more CO2 emissions are produced. Simply check and adjust your tyre
pressures regularly and also before long journeys. This will also help to increase the life of your tyres.
Under inflated tyres increase CO2 but over inflated tyres can be unsafe, so check your car manual for the
correct tyre pressure. Remember, a car with a heavier load may need different air pressure in the tyres.
Less clutter in your car means less CO2
Clutter in your boot is extra weight your engine has to carry around. By removing it, you could reduce
your engine's workload. This will burn less fuel and cut your CO2 emissions, so unload any items you
won't need for your journey before you set out.
Driving at an appropriate speed reduces CO2
Speed limits are the maximum lawful speeds which may be driven in ideal circumstances. Drivers should
never exceed the speed limit. Staying at or within the speed limit increases driver safety. It also reduces
CO2 emissions and saves money on your petrol costs. At 70mph you could be using up to 9 per cent more fuel
than at 60mph and up to 15 per cent more fuel than at 50mph.
Less stopping and starting means less CO2
Every time you stop then start again in a traffic queue, the engine uses more fuel and therefore produces
more CO2. Keep an eye on the traffic ahead and slow down early by gently lifting your foot off the
accelerator while keeping the car in gear. In this way, the traffic may have started moving again by the
time you approach the vehicle in front, so you can then change gear and be on your way.
Over revving accelerates emissions
Modern car engines are designed to be efficient from the moment they are switched on, so revving up like
a Formula 1 car in pole position only wastes fuel and increases engine wear. Using your gears wisely by
changing up a gear a little earlier can also reduce revs. If you drive a diesel car, try changing up a
gear when the rev counter reaches 2000rpm. For a petrol car, change up at 2500rpm.
Idling is wasting fuel
When the engine is idling you're wasting fuel and adding to CO2 emissions. If you're likely to be at a
standstill for more than three minutes, simply switch off the engine.
Atos' commitment to sustainability
fuelGenie is a service provided by Atos, a leading IT services provider with a strong commitment
to sustainability. This commitment extends from our organisational core to our interaction with clients
and suppliers. In addition to our own corporate sustainability initiatives, such as our Code of Ethics
and our Sustainable Development Charter, we support our clients in the adoption and implementation of
sustainability programmes. To find out more about Atos corporate sustainability policies and our
Sustainability Solutions team, please visit the
Atos corporate web site.