Healthcare facilities managers…you get what you pay for except when you don’t
With the pressures on spending, scrutiny of procurement and good governance continuing to be under the spotlight, national wood pellet supplier, Y Pellets, is asking healthcare estates and facility managers using biomass wood pellets as an alternative heating and energy source to examine what they pay for.
At a time when many wood pellet suppliers subcontract deliveries on vehicles which don’t meet EN Plus trading standards, the company, which supplies premium quality, sustainable wood pellets to homes and businesses from its 5,000-tonne storage facility in Goole, has identified discrepancies in practices widely used by other contractors. They are not legal for trade but may supply to the likes of hospitals, clinics, and other private and public healthcare buildings.
This could mean that procurement and facilities managers may be receiving up to 10 per cent less product on delivery compared to the quantity ordered if only specifying the quality of the pellets and not the standard of vehicles making the deliveries. Additionally, for EN Plus A1 standard pellets, the actual delivery service must be EN Plus certified too for the product to be regarded as such, a key requirement for many facilities managers.
Significant investment in new vehicles
Y Pellets has recently made a significant investment in new, specially-equipped six and eight-wheel delivery trucks featuring state-of-the-art electronic weighing systems and onboard technology. This latest investment will see Y Pellets further extend its distribution capability to southern areas of England and north of the border into Scotland, and strengthen its position as a rapidly-emerging, key player within the UK’s biomass fuel market.
Managing director, Neil Holland, explains, “Our delivery lorries are 100 per cent our own, not subcontracted, and this makes a huge difference to the quality of the pellets and the service received by the end customer. By making continuous investment, we can ensure the highest fuel quality possible and clients can reap the benefits in real terms meaning fuel cost savings of thousands of pounds.
“Our experience has shown that while a few in the industry have invested in the correct machinery and vehicles, the majority has not and therefore many subcontract deliveries to third-party companies as a means of cutting costs. Procurement professionals that specify wood pellets as an energy resource for public buildings such as hospitals or clinics know they have a financial responsibility to ensure money is spent correctly. Unless all vehicles are legal for trade, there may be discrepancies in the amount ordered compared to the amount being delivered.
“This could be anything from 2-10 per cent which for cash strapped authorities could potentially mean thousands when examining procurement and expenditure. You wouldn’t go to a supermarket, pay for 10 apples but only come away with nine, and it’s no different here. Our systems can eliminate any such shortfall and, therefore, have a direct impact on a client’s bottom line finances.”
Y Pellets’ own fleet of delivery vehicles include state-of-the-art, electronic weighing systems that are calibrated by local weights and measures authorities and automatically send records of each delivery direct from the vehicle to the company’s head office and then onto the customer. The vehicles have been adapted to provide a highly controlled, fit-for-purposes environment for EN Plus A1 pellets during transportation as well as guarantee that the tonnage ordered is received in full by the end user.
Holland adds, “Our clients can protect the investment made in their biomass boiler system and guarantee the expected returns from renewable heat incentives well into the future. This in real terms could mean substantial savings.”
Y Pellets is a supplier of premium quality, sustainable wood pellets to public sector organisations and local authorities.
For more details go to www.ypellets.com.