Unipart Logistics, the NHS Supply Chain’s logistics provider, is enhancing its fleet of sustainable vehicles across the UK to create a long-term carbon neutral fleet.
The 90 new environmentally-friendly vehicles offer the lowest level of carbon emissions to date and are being rolled out for dedicated use within the NHS Supply Chain.
The fleet is operating with lower emissions, allowing a CO2 reduction of 2.1 tonnes per vehicle per year.
Also, the engines are HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) ready, and a significant proportion of the fleet’s manufacturing has been undertaken in the UK.
NHS Supply Chain transport fleet
The sustainable vehicles are the latest addition to the NHS Supply Chain transport fleet, supporting a 200-strong ‘final mile’ fleet delivering to NHS trusts.
Claire Salmon, Unipart Logistics’ director for NHS Supply Chain, said: “We are delighted to introduce our new sustainable fleet of vehicles which are delivering to NHS trusts.
“We are evolving our entire fleet as part of our sustainability and carbon reduction commitments within Unipart and as a provider to the NHS Supply Chain.”
She added: “The additional benefits of increasing fuel efficiency and having an HVO-ready fleet, as well as introducing other safety specifications as standard, truly demonstrates the ‘delivering value to the NHS’ brand on the fleet is more than just a logo.”
Andrew New, the chief executive of NHS Supply Chain, said: “As NHS Supply Chain, we are trusted by our stakeholders to deliver clinically assured, value for money products that meet the needs of our NHS colleagues and patients.
“We deliver a critical service every day to NHS trusts, and we have a responsibility to deliver this sustainably and with the utmost consideration to the impact on the environment.”
‘NHS mission to be carbon neutral by 2040’
He added: “This new fleet of vehicles is a small part of our overall plan to support the NHS mission to be carbon neutral by 2040.
“Working with our suppliers, service providers and trusts is critical to optimising our impact both today and for the future.”
Lee Chambers, the distribution director at Unipart Logistics, said: “It’s a really exciting time for Unipart Transport Services as we continue to scale and grow our offering.
“Sustainable fleet operations are an important part of our commitment to carbon reduction, and we are proud to work with our customers to deliver against our collective goals in tackling climate change.”
Unipart Logistics wins new Prenetics healthcare contract
Meanwhile, Unipart Logistics has also revealed that it has signed a contract with global digital health company Prenetics to deliver Covid-19 test kit fulfilment services.
Unipart will assemble and pick Covid test kits including PCR, lateral flow and LAMP tests from a new operation at its Oxford Distribution Centre.
Prenetics provides preventative health solutions through point-of-care testing, including at-home DNA and blood testing kits.
In 2020, the company adapted and evolved into Covid-19 testing, utilising its laboratory network, scientific expertise and digital systems.
Unipart Logistics has been chosen as Prenetics’ logistics partner thanks to its experience of delivering value-added services and its exceptional focus on quality, enabling it to meet the stringent compliance and temperature-control requirements of the Covid test kit supply chain.