Run a 'Greener' Fleet

Commercial Fleet Vehicles

Sustainability and delivering on the ‘green’ agenda is one of the most important things on our government’s to do list,  public sector organisation’s and businesses large and small. It is no surprise that service departments are being asked to step up and play their part.  

For businesses with large mobile work fleets, reducing fuel use, and therefore emissions is a crucial step to a greener future and a place where a significant impact can be made in a reasonably short timeframe. Understanding emissions, primarily carbon dioxide, can be minimised by taking action. This will allow businesses to make a realistic and tangible step towards environmental consciousness, which will in turn reduce emissions and thus run a cleaner, greener fleet.  

Many companies are now actively seeking out new technologies that have a positive effect on the environment according to a recent study made by Trimble against directors and senior managers operating large field based work forces in the UK. 64 per cent felt that sustainability will have a significant effect on their business moving forward and to help meet sustainability targets.

The ‘Green’ challenge

Approximately 280 million commercial fleet vehicles operate worldwide as of today and are responsible for 5.75 per cent of total worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, pumping 1.6 billion metric tons of CO2e into the atmosphere per year. This number of commercial fleets is expected to rise to 400 million by the year 2020. This is simply unacceptable. With greenhouse gas entering our atmosphere every day, the future is looking dangerously bleak if we don’t actively spread awareness of the toxicity of GHG. This is where the Green challenge comes in.  

By enabling companies to monitor fuel consumption, miles per gallon and CO2 outputs, the technology can ultimately help to reduce fuel use and improve a company’s carbon footprint. Fleet management and telematics technology is now in use, so careful planning of fleet routes and unnecessary mileage will help to reduce the businesses’ carbon footprint.

Monitor and reduce fuel consumption

When planning fleet journeys, it is essential to plan the route as efficient as possible. This will reduce the amount of fuel used during the journey and will of course reduce fuel emissions and thus help to reduce carbon emissions. Many businesses already utilising fleet management and telematics technology have reported fuel savings of as much as 2 gallons per vehicle per day.

Driver safety solutions are another important feature in driving culture through the implementation of safety ­ this will result in a more efficient fleet. Important when promoting a safe driving culture through the implementation of driver safety solutions will result in a more efficient fleet. Driver safety solutions enable managers to monitor driving behavior and complete back office analysis of aggressive maneuvers, such as hard acceleration, braking, turns and speed ­ all factors that can use up more fuel. By monitoring these drivers’ behaviors, changes can then be made to amend certain driver behavior, vehicle condition and intelligent routing. These points all make a significant difference to fuel use and can be controllable through driver education, better work scheduling and regular maintenance, servicing and even tyre pressure checks to minimise fuel wastage. Every possible point is looked into to try and reduce any amount of fuel that possibly can be saved.  

Achieve a meaningful ROI

A telematics solution alone can generate ROI within 6-12 months in terms of cost. An immediate and clear benefit in the reduction of fuel bills is the main point here, but the reduction of repeat visits, improved visibility of the fleet and the increased operational efficiency will have a positive impact on fuel efficiency.   

If just Class 8 truck operators were to adopt seven simple efficiency technologies, the trucking sector would save 624 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2022 ­ equivalent to the annual emissions of the nations of Spain and Thailand combined. This would be a monumental step in global fuel saving and would save the environment 624 million tonnes of harmful gasses entering our atmosphere.

Just by checking the tyres of your fleet vehicles and using the right amount of air could save you fuel ­ thus saving you money. These fuel efficiency tips all add up and every little helps when it comes to saving our environment from toxic GHG emissions.  

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Notes For Editors

The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £160m annual turnover and employing 70 people.

Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions ­ Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.

WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.

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