Our global environmental future has never seemed more uncertain. In the UK alone, worsening air quality is becoming the top risk to public health. If your business operates a vehicle fleet, you have the chance to make a significant impact on the initiative for a sustainable future. The following methods will help you lower carbon emissions and help preserve the environment.
Taking steps to manage your fleet’s fuel consumption can reduce usage by 10% or more. Proper monitoring will help you identify low efficiency on the part of specific drivers or vehicles, as well as any instances of fuel misuse or misappropriation.
Fuel management systems can have an immediate impact on the carbon emissions and fuel costs of your UK fleet. Monitor all transactions and keep tabs on your fuel economy so you can start taking steps to address any emerging issues.
UPS truck drivers famously don’t turn through oncoming traffic. The company’s rationale behind that is tied to their analysis of route optimisation; vehicles waiting for a gap to turn will waste more fuel, even if turning the other way results in a longer route.
While you might not go so far as to implement a similar scheme for your fleet, it’s essential to have a plan for an overall reduction of business mileage. Combining trips, undertaking more batch deliveries, and working on regulation of ‘grey fleet’ policies will all help bring down the overall environmental impact of your company.
Vehicle maintenance and selection
Engine efficiency in poorly-maintained vehicles is lower and can lead to more fuel being burned. A well-serviced fleet is an efficient fleet; simple measures such as regularly changing the oil and keeping tires correctly inflated will improve fuel efficiency by 2-3%. Maintenance is also helpful in ensuring your vehicles live out their expected lifecycle. When the time does come to replace a vehicle, be sure to carefully evaluate and select models for low emissions and lifetime costs.
Responsible driving practices
Individual drivers may vary in their practices, but collectively they can have a significant impact on your fleet’s emissions. Idling trucks burn more fuel, for example – if all drivers follow a recommendation to switch off their vehicles when stopped, the collective impact adds up to large fuel savings and reduced emissions. Similarly, sudden acceleration or braking wastes fuel – and poses a high risk of accidents for drivers on the expressway or carrying a heavy load.
Reducing emissions and helping out in the fight for a safe and secure environment is a global effort. While every business needs to do their part in reducing their carbon footprint, you can step up and be a leader in transparency across UK industries by participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
CDP data help track global progress and develop strategies towards sustainability. By disclosing, you contribute to the worldwide effort while staying abreast of upcoming regulatory changes and worldwide stakeholder demands. You’ll also gain valuable information to aid periodically in reviewing and making changes to address opportunities for better sustainable practices within your business.
Now more than ever, it’s urgent for businesses in the country to take a leadership role in reducing our carbon footprint. You can take action with these five methods to transform your fleet for sustainable operations while also benefiting from the reduced costs.