There are plenty of reasons why operations and fleet directors may want to take a greener approach to the vehicles they manage. From corporate sustainability policies to shareholder and consumer pressure, the modern economy is full of factors that motivate organizations to focus on the environmental impact of their company vehicles. Making the most effective changes means understanding the underlying factors of fleet management that affect the environmental impact of a group of vehicles, as well as best practices for enacting practical changes. With this kind of knowledge in hand, it’s far easier to make informed choices and help your fleet operations meet a greener, more environmentally responsible standard.
The Environmental Factors Driving Green Fleet Management
From a macro perspective, the impact of light- to heavy-duty vehicles on the environment is clear. In the U.S., the transportation sector accounts for 27 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, or 1.89 billion tons of greenhouse gases, on a yearly basis. Automobiles by themselves contribute the lion’s share of those gases in the transportation category, about 1.6 billion tons in all. There’s plenty of room for improvement in terms of limiting emissions and making fleets more environmentally friendly, both in the auto industry and for individual companies that manage substantial numbers of vehicles. Making changes to company fleets is an effective, environmentally friendly option totally within an organization’s control. These improvements lead to a wide variety of benefits, including, but not limited, to reduced environmental impact.
Why a Green Fleet makes Good Business Sense
Although benefits like cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions are often the direct motivation behind a decision to make a fleet greener, there are plenty of other advantages to be had when a successful program is put in place. Reducing waste through more fuel efficient vehicles and improved maintenance, for example, leads to reduced costs. In some cases, waste can even be turned into useful products, like re-refined motor oil. Cost savings also come in the form of a higher degree of compliance, mitigating the possibility of regulatory fines and other potentially harmful actions. Those savings can then be put toward a variety of business objectives that increase competitiveness and make it easier to make future environmentally friendly decisions.
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