Green Fleet Best Practices
One of the most important aspects of vehicle management going forward is ensuring that we minimize our destructive environmental impact as much as possible. Environmental management for fleets typically focuses on greenhouse gases, air pollution, and MPG; and it includes the following:
- Properly Maintained Vehicles – Vehicles maintained correctly are more fuel-efficient and generate less CO2 emissions than poorly maintained vehicles. A fleet utilizing a well-run managed maintenance program will provide cars with greater MPG and lower carbon footprint.
- Optimum Replacement Analysis and Implementation – Even if older cars are well maintained, due to ever increasing and advancing automobile technology, replacing older cars with appropriate new cars increases fleet MPG and reduces fleet carbon footprint. This is another positive byproduct to performing optimum replacement analysis and implementation.
- Vehicle Selectors – Choosing the right car for comfort, convenience, safety, and positive ecological impact starts with selecting the most appropriate new cars. For instance, now that gas is at and/or above $3 per gallon and the price difference between hybrid models and regular ones is decreasing, it actually can be cost effective to purchase hybrids – especially for high mileage and/or city drivers. This doesn’t reflect the environmentally positive impact that hybrids have with their much lower CO2 emissions and higher MPG when compared to non-hybrids. Even when a Congregation buys non-hybrids, MPG is one of the factors considered in all models when CARITAS acquires new vehicles for Congregations; not just vehicle acquisition price.
- Measurement – Developing a maintenance management program and utilizing gas cards for every vehicle will allow per car MPG and carbon footprint to be measured and monitored, revealing cars that may make sense to replace for environmental purposes. Daily, the gas card service provider should send a feed to the maintenance management record-keeper. Using this information, a congregation can calculate the carbon footprint of each vehicle as part of its monthly reporting.