It’s no secret that transportation plays a pivotal role in greenhouse gas emissions, but for some industries, fleet vehicles are a must. That being said, there are still steps that commercial fleets can take to help them with reducing emissions over time. A change in habits, as well as some useful technology, can be a great solution for many different industries, so here’s a look at a few of the top examples.
Cut Down on Unnecessary Idling
Reducing fleet idling is going to be one of the best ways to decrease the fleet’s transportation footprint. Idling vehicles pump excess CO2 pollutants into the air, contributing to overall greenhouse gas emissions. Consider that a typical heavy-duty truck will burn a gallon of diesel fuel for every hour that it’s idling. Over time, that can add up to much bigger numbers, especially if you have a whole fleet of trucks idling each day.
Each person is responsible for doing their part to clean up the environment, and it can start with a greater awareness of just how much fuel is being wasted and how many emissions are going into the atmosphere. Once you realize your company’s impact, you can relay that information to your team and give them a stake in making the necessary changes.
One easy way to decrease idling among your fleet is to instruct your drivers to turn off the engine whenever they stop their vehicle. It’s easy to think that a few minutes here and there is okay, but multiplied across the fleet—and other fleets around the country—it all adds up. Plus, turning off the engine translates into environmental as well as financial savings. But what happens when simply turning off the engine isn’t an option? That’s when fleets struggle to meet sustainability goals and reduce their emissions. Fortunately, GRIP’s idle reduction technology provides an efficient, effective, problem-solving solution to this complicated scenario. By retaining power to all onboard equipment and safety features, GRIP allows fleet operators to power off their vehicles while retaining all the key features and functions needed to perform their day-to-day work operations.
Change the Way You Drive
Sometimes, simple changes can add up and contribute to the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions company-wide. For instance, some drivers may find that when they look at the way they’re currently driving, there is some room for improvement.
Perhaps they could ease up on the sudden accelerating and decelerating or try to maintain a consistent speed to cut down on fuel consumption. Fleet managers can encourage their team to turn on cruise control more often and regularly check on tire pressure. Low tire pressure can also waste fuel, as can dirty or clogged air filters.
Another habit to try is planning out routes so that they use minimal fuel consumption. Perhaps there are some alternative routes that cut down on mileage and, therefore, emissions. It’s worth looking into, as a well-organized map of fleet routes can help the company increase its overall efficiency.
Invest in Eco-Friendly Technology
Companies don’t have to rely solely on human habits either. This is a relief since it’s quite difficult to ensure that all employees are abiding by the environmental policies that you set forth. Something that may be a tremendous help in your efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is idle reduction technology.
These are devices that you can install in each of your fleet vehicles to track, manage, and reduce the amount of time your vehicles are idling. The device is programmable so you can set a time limit for how long the vehicles can be turned on and stationary before it automatically turns off. Not only is this great at reducing fleet idling, but it takes the pressure off of employees to constantly be on idling alert. After all, it’s a tough habit to pick up if you’re not used to it, especially in industries where idling is secondary to standard work functions, emergency response, and other complicated scenarios.
Having a device that can collect information, automate, and manage engine shut-off during idle times is an ROI-positive investment in your company, as well as the health of the planet. These powerful devices cut emissions, conserve fuel, and also save your fleet money in operational costs.