As a fleet manager or as a heavy equipment operator, you may have felt the recent pressure to reduce fuel emissions and make a conscious movement toward green fleets. It is no secret that fuel emissions create substantial pollution in addition to consuming copious amounts of non-renewable natural resources.
The Environmental Protection Agency offers information about the effects of usage of these materials and the impact of burning fuels on the environment. Undoubtedly, your fleet is attempting to make some changes to help reduce the negative impact on the environment. In today’s post, we will offer a few recommendations on how you, as an individual heavy equipment operator, or as a fleet manager of 20 to 5,000 vehicles, can implement to reduce emissions.
Reducing idle time is a massive undertaking for the trucking and heavy equipment industries where cold engines don’t function well and truck drivers live in their trucks. Implementing generators for long haul drivers who sleep in their trucks to power the AC and in-cab refrigerators can help reduce significant amounts of idle time. Effective time management can help reduce the amount of time trucks and vehicles idle unused.
Keep Up On Vehicle Maintenance
Poor engine performance has a significant impact on the quality of fuel usage and emissions output. Keeping up on routine vehicle maintenance offers better performance to better use fuels. Additionally, routine vehicle maintenance can help save your fleet money caused by out of commission vehicles or repairs that could have been prevented.
Explore Alternative Fuels
While many long haul trucking fleets and heavy construction equipment use diesel, other fleets have begun exploring fuel alternatives that are making big differences. Small vehicle fleets can implement hybrid and electric vehicles. Even larger heavy-duty trucks offer options that run on natural gas, hydraulic refuse, and even propane. For more information about alternative fuel options for fleets, read here. More alternatives include biodiesel and dual-fuels.
Understand and Analyze Fleet Behaviors
Analyzing fleet behavior to understand operator time management, idle time, fuel consumption, and engine wear and maintenance will give you a clear picture of what can be done on a global scale. Small changes implemented over a 300-vehicle fleet based on fleet behavior analysis can make significant impacts. For instance, one study observed a 300-vehicle fleet of police vehicles that emitted 3,000 kg of CO2 while idling and an additional 5,000 kg while driving. By reducing idle time, by just an hour a day, the fleet reduced more than 150,000 kg of CO2 each year. While each vehicle may view these changes as negligent, the aggregate emissions savings can fuel five more vehicles in the fleet, or simply reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
One of the best ways to monitor and analyze fleet behavior is by using fleet cards and a fleet management system. If you currently have a fleet on the road, whether it is 10 heavy vehicles, 300 police cruisers, or 12,000 18-wheelers, implementing fleet cards and a fleet management system can save you and your drivers tens-of-thousands of dollars annually and reduce emissions tremendously.
At Reeder Distributors, we offer fuel delivery services, various fuel options, fleet cards, and fleet management systems to help you and your drivers help reduce the amount of fuel consumed and emissions produced. As a leader in the fuel industry, we are at the forefront of finding green alternatives to the current processes. Contact us to implement measuring tools in your fleet and information about how you can reduce your fleet’s emissions.