5 ways fleets have reduced Co2 emissions

Reducing CO2 emissions

ABAX are aware that every Fleet Manager wants to reduce their environmental impact and be more fuel efficient. With ABAX Fleet Management Systems (FMS),  you can do this in several ways. You can inform the driver of the shortest route to take, and whether there is traffic on a certain route. You can also see the speeds that the drivers are travelling at and can inform the drivers to slow down, to save on fuel and money again.

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Source: Fleet News 02/12/20151. Offer driver incentivesPublishing group Archant introduced an incentive scheme to encourage drivers to choose lower emission cars.“All new cars on the fleet have average CO2 emissions below 130g/km and, as the CO2 rate chosen reduces, the driver qualifies for a bonus payment that is a greater proportion of the whole-life cost saving on the vehicle," says Greg Parton, group Head of Procurement and Strategy. “This goes up to 90% if the car has lower than 90g/km."Most company car drivers who opt for a greener car will receive a top-up payment of £40 per month, and can be as much as £150.In addition to diesel options, user-choosers can also select petrol and are offered a green option of petrol- electric hybrids.2. Remap enginesEngine remapping cut BT Group’s vehicle CO2 emissions by around 20% – with the 25,000-tonne annual reduction the equivalent of removing 1,900 taxis from the road. The initiative also cut fuel costs by 10%, saving the company more than £4 million annually.“We saw that the technology was being used in the premium sports industry and, when we explored it further, it was clear that it could be used for economic purposes, not just performance improvements," he says.3. Improve vehicle designYorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) began working with Leeds University in 2010 on a ‘green ambulance challenge’ to design a vehicle that would replace what it called “a yellow and green driven brick".

Leeds University’s research showed that drag forces acting on the common box-body ambulance designs could be reduced significantly by employing aerodynamic styling.“There are financial benefits to be had by adopting technology that will reduce our carbon footprint," says Alexis Keech, environmental and sustainability manager for YAS. Engineers have also cut 800kg from the vehicle’s weight through innovative storage.4. Install night heatersFitting night heaters to its vans has helped Scottish Power reduce emissions. The company installed a telematics system into its fleet and this identified the company had  a “massive idling issue", says John Moore, vehicle maintenance manager for Scottish Power.

“We found that engineers who, for example, were repairing pylons in cold weather would leave the van’s engine running so when they returned to it after several hours it would still be warm inside. To reduce this, we fitted night heaters which are thermostatically controlled to keep the interior of the van at a set temperature.5. Adopt ultra-low emission vehiclesThe Environment Agency has added almost 70 plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles to its fleet – and described the decision as a "win-win" situation.

“We have been working on introducing low emission vehicles into our fleet for a long time, but in the last 12 months we have made a very significant push," says Dale Eynon, head of fleet services. “We’ve just received 69 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in commercial vehicles and the business case stacks up beautifully.“They cost the same to buy as the diesel variant, they cost slightly less to run and they’ve got a resale value that’s not too disimilar based on what we know at the moment.