16 November 2000
The army is cutting fuel costs by purchasing environmentally friendly vehicles, according to Major Tom Greenwood, staff officer grade 2 for transport, who purchases army vehicles for its base in Aldershot.
The 16 two-litre Vauxhall Vectras, which run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), cost only 5p per mile to run, compared with 6p per mile for petrol vehicles. "The army is a bulk buyer and this makes a real difference over 30,000 miles," Greenwood told SM.
The vehicles are being used by senior staff officers in Aldershot, but the army plans to extend the scheme to other bases. "Staff administrative vehicles are a key area of procurement spend. The savings are potentially huge and environmentally sound," added Greenwood.
The move is part of a Ministry of Defence-wide environmentally friendly procurement policy. The navy is placing an order for several Type-45 frigates with gas turbine engines, designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a third. The army also wants to replace traditional motorbikes with single-fuel vehicles.
"The armed forces are keen to purchase environmentally sound products. Not only does it set an example, but it often saves money," said an MoD spokeswoman.