The Role of Telematics in the Green Fleet Movement
A growing number of organizations have recognized the importance of implementing environmentally friendly processes and policies into their business. In an effort to achieve operational efficiency, many companies are no longer solely addressing cost control, but rather have increased the emphasis on environmental sustainability. Fleet management software is capable of providing these companies with the ability to address both cost and environmental concerns in an overall effort to operate with maximum efficiency. Companies that utilize fleets in their day to day operations are crucial to many industries and the overall economy so it is unlikely the number of fleets will decrease any time in the near future. However, through constant analysis and tracking of fleet activity, fleet management software is able to monitor a variety of key performance indicators involving areas such as emissions levels and fuel consumption.
Fleet Impact of New Fuel and Environmental Standards
“Fuel is one of our industry’s largest expenses, so it makes sense that, as an industry, we would support proposals to use less of it.” recently stated by Bill Graves, President and CEO of the American Trucking Association. The transportation sector is responsible for about 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions currently in the USA. The Obama Administration is working towards the development of greenhouse gas standards and vehicle fuel efficiency by 2016. They are ultimately working for a 10-20% reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the type of vehicle, beginning in 2014 running through 2018. The significance of telematics is emphasized through recent proposals; fleet management services enable companies to monitor areas such as mileage, idle time, speed and fuel consumption, all which simultaneously result in decreased fuel expenses, emissions and overall fleet operating costs.
Telematics Leading to the Success of Efforts in the Green Fleet Movement
Telematics is making fleets sustainable and efficient. The industry has had an impact on fleet operations, and has proven to be successful in making them safer, more efficient, and successful at operating in accordance with the corporate mission. Whether it be through the reduction of idling time or the optimization of routes, GPS tracking (telematics) has played a strong role in not only assisting fleets in saving money, but also enabling them to become more sustainable. Decreasing fuel consumption and cooperating with the local emission standard are the first steps towards the achievement of greener operations in a fleet based organization. There are also a number of steps that will assist a company in moving forward towards becoming a greener fleet:
- Reduce Idle Time
- Improve Vehicle Maintenance
- Reduce Speeding
- Reduce Unauthorized Vehicle Usage
- Optimize Routing
- Continuously Monitor Emissions
Original Article From Geotab:
The Role of Telematics in the Green Movement of Fleets