Food rescue venture carefully monitors vehicle fleet to lessen environmental impact.
KiwiHarvest is New Zealand's largest food rescue. They tackle two big problems: food waste and food insecurity. They collect surplus and donated food and distribute it to agencies who work directly with communities.
KiwiHarvest’s big green vans and trucks are crucial for rescuing food. They clock up a lot of kilometres, so it’s essential to keep them efficient and minimise their environmental impact. To do this, the team have optimised their fleet by choosing the ideal number and size and type of vehicles.
Three of their new trucks meet the highest European standards for vehicle emissions. This means they cause less pollution than many vehicles on Kiwi roads. Two of their other vehicles have special features. They use a fluid to neutralise harmful exhaust gases. And they use special filters to reduce soot.
The team at KiwiHarvest also use EROAD, a fleet management system. This helps them track the location of each vehicle, choose the most direct routes, save on fuel, and promote efficient driving.
With these changes, KiwiHarvest has increased productivity. They’ve increased the loads they carry for each kilometre they travel, which saves fuel, emissions, time and money.
The number of donors and agencies joining KiwiHarvest’s mission is growing. But no matter how far they travel to rescue food, the team will be sure to do it the most low-impact way.
“We’ll continue to look for ways to maximise our social impact while minimising our carbon footprint,” says Gavin Findlay, CEO.