Optare Group

Green Investment Pays off for Optare Group

As well as its several fleets of electric buses which are in operation across Europe, Optare Group is now saving money as well as the planet after investing in new energy-saving software, helping it to become more sustainable.
Having won a string of design, technology and environmental awards after more than 30 years at the cutting edge of bus design and manufacturing, the firm wanted to make sure every aspect of its operation was as efficient as its products.

This led to the Optare team working in partnership with Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) to drive its plans forward and search for the newest technology to help it further cut its emissions as it looks to be as sustainable and profitable as possible.

The first port of call was GAS’ Energy Procurement Team, who renegotiated energy contracts for Optare to allow for more effective financial planning. GAS’ Energy Management experts then carried out their ESOS audit, ensuring Optare complied with the new government regulation and avoided any fines – an initiative that still has thousands of business uncompliant in the UK.

They then highlighted a host of further savings which, if implemented, could reduce Optare’s annual expenditure on electricity, gas, LPG and diesel by 18.5%.

Monitoring and targeting software has also been installed, offering step-by-step control which should help the company shave another 5% from its usage.

“Improving the environment is at the top of our agenda”, said Optare’s president, Graham Belgum.

“So we were particularly impressed by GAS and their focus on getting the most out of the services we use every day.

“The savings they have helped us make are crucial on our journey to make Optare one of the most efficient companies in its sector.”

Optare Electric bus fleets operate in London, Nottingham, York, Inverness, Kalstad (Sweden) and Utrecht (Holland).

Optare said recent independent testing “has proven the Optare electric bus as one of the most efficient currently in service in the UK, reducing well to wheel carbon footprint by over 50% in comparison with equivalent diesels.”

The Metrodecker, Versa, Tempo, Solo and Metrocity buses are already helping save money – and the environment – for operators around the world, and with GAS on board, Optare is now looking to drive forward even more sales and technology achievements.

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.

Quote:

“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.