European Removals Blog

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Well Done The UK Transport Ministry

It has recently come to my attention that the UK Government is doing all it can to make sure the country’s CO2 emissions are kept as low as possible. What they have done is set up a scheme which some of the major transport companies are taking part in. What they have agreed to is a trial where they will test out more than 300 vehicles which are low in carbon. I welcome this news, CO2 emissions and the effect it’s having on our environment is constantly in the headlines and being able to see that the UK Government is actively trying to address this issue is very positive news. The program itself will cost about £23 million with £11 million of that funded by the Government. Some large freight companies have already said they intend to use alternative fuels in their vehicles such as re-cycled cooking oil and are replacing diesel with bio-methane or other natural gases. If successful, this project could help reduce CO2 emissions by an impressive 70%! Seen as how the larger companies are taking part in this scheme, the hope is that smaller companies will follow suit. Let’s hope it does work out so we can all look forward to a greener environment within the UK! Author: Julie Coburn

Our Environment and Moving Home or Office

Many of you reading this are probably in the process of moving home or office and the last thing you’re thinking about is your carbon footprint. There are lots of debates about this subject, you only have to pop the phrase in to your search engine and you’ll be faced with a myriad of articles. They all have different opinions but there is strong evidence to suggest that the world’s atmosphere is being affected by the amount of CO2 emissions we humans produce. OK, there are people that will tell you it’s down to the amount of cattle in the world but isn’t that our fault too? When you’re moving home or if you own a removal company it is really worth thinking about the environment. For those of you that have removal companies, think about how much fuel you can save if you operate in such a way that you make sure your vans a fully loaded every-time they leave your depot. You will need fewer vans and will spend less time going to and fro from your customers doors. If you’re moving and don’t think you’ll need a large van to house your belongings ask your chosen removal company if they can fit them in as a “part load”. It will save you money and you’ll be helping the environment as well.       Author: Julie Coburn

Who Would Have Thought It!

In an age where everyone is constantly being told to keep an eye on their carbon footprint inventors are coming up with more weird and wonderful ways of building all sorts of vehicles. Cars and vans powered by electric are becoming ever more popular and alternative fuels are also starting to hit the market. However, did you know that some-time ago someone invented a car that could run on chocolate! Yes, you read that right chocolate! It gets even stranger than that. This car was also made from vegetables. I didn’t believe it either. It had seats made from soybeans, a steering wheel made from carrots and a body that was made from potatoes. When it comes to the fuel this car uses the engine is biodiesel which has the capability of running on vegetable oil and chocolate! Whilst I applaud the inventors of this car and their commitment to looking after the environment, I doubt there will be many removal companies who will be looking to get their removal customers from A to B using a vehicle made from vegetables….what happens when it rains?!   Author: Julie Coburn

It’s Nearly St Patricks Day – Why not go Green?

Just a piece of background information for all of you first; did you know that very little is actually known about St Patrick, his life is actually a bit of a mystery to most historians. He is most famous for being taken hostage by some Irish raiders whilst in Wales, he was then taken to Ireland for almost 6 years and sometime after that he entered the church and eventually became the Patron Saint of Ireland. Legend has it that St Patrick was responsible for chasing all of the snakes in Ireland into the sea after they ambushed him at the top of a hill. So, now you know all about St Patrick, (well, sort of). I’m sure many of you will be celebrating this weekend and the theme of course is green! I just wanted to remind you all that we at The RoadAhead are conscious of being green in ways other than painting your face and wearing huge hats with lucky clover leaves on them. We are committed to offering a service that will ensure that everyone can keep their carbon footprint under control. Many of the Removal Companies we have on our books work in such a way that they will take part loads from a number of different customers and combine this into one job. This helps to reduce congestion on the roads and also saves on fuel and CO2 emissions. The best thing of all is that if you are someone who is moving, you will save money as you will only be using part of a van rather than paying for all of the space in the removal van that you may not need. Happy St Patricks Day to you all, have a marvellous time but remember being green means looking after our precious planet too!   Author: Julie Coburn