A SCOTS courier company have cut their mileage by 250,000 miles a year in a bid to become more eco-friendly.
Eagle Couriers, who are based in Bathgate, West Lothian, are also set to hit a series of other targets by annually recycling 650 used tyres, 1100 pallets and 1500 litres of oil -all of which would have previously been sent to landfill.
As a result of the changes the firm have been awarded the much sought after ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management – making them what is believed to be the first courier company in Scotland to do so.
The firm were presented with their ISO by Green MSP Alison Johnstone.
In order to drastically cut their mileage Eagle Couriers invested in vehicle trackers along with journey planning software which allowed them to knock 250,000 miles off each year.
Jerry Stewart, Director of Eagle Couriers, said: “This is about real, practical steps that make a genuine
difference to the environment. People may not immediately know what ISO certification is but they
understand what 650 worn out tyres look like.
“Being more eco-friendly and carbon neutral has always been one of our key objectives as a courier
business. With more than 100 vans on the road, we’re particularly conscious of the impact vehicles
can have on the environment.”