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Go green in 2020

By Simon Austin January 27, 2020

In a bid to lower emissions, governments around the world are committing to ambitious carbon targets. In its fifth carbon budget, the UK set out its aim to reduce emissions by 57% on 1990 levels.

With traffic now the leading air pollutant in the country – accounting for a fifth of the country’s total greenhouse output – this target can only be met with the help of fleet-reliant businesses.

While individual companies cannot buck this trend alone, together we can take steps to improve efficiency and fuel consumption to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are just five simple steps you can take in 2020 to create a greener fleet.

1. Streamline your routes

Enhancing routes for every vehicle with the help of a GPS tracking solution can lower total fleet mileage by up to 10%, reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.  

2. Switch off your engine

Stationary vehicles can be a major contributor to emissions levels, with an idling engine producing around twice the amount of CO2 as an engine in motion. Monitor instances of idling across your fleet and encourage your drivers to switch off their engines if they are stationary for 10 seconds or longer. 

3. Improve driver behaviour

Smooth driving styles with fewer accelerations and declerations have been shown to produce fewer emissions. Create driver scorecards to encourage this type of behaviour. The more environmentally friendly the driving style, the higher the score. Use this information to reward top performers and incentivise others to improve. 

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4. Make proactive maintenance decisions

Keeping your vehicles well-maintained can reduce their carbon output. With a fleet management solution in place, you can set alerts based on mileage, time or engine hours, helping you make proactive maintenance decisions to help keep vehicles in optimal condition.

5. Track your output

One of the simplest ways to manage your carbon output is to track it across your fleet. With the help of a comprehensive GPS solution, you can monitor fuel consumption, MPG and emissions output – as well as causing factors such as harsh driving, idling and speeding.

Your carbon commitment 

None of us is perfect when it comes to emissions. But when reducing the size of your carbon footprint, you don’t need to be. Small improvements can make all the difference.

Through a combination of the steps above, it is possible to make a notable reduction in your carbon output. Small changes such as reduced idle time and smarter routing can help you meet your carbon targets and create a greener, more efficient fleet.

GPS fleet tracking software can help you in this endeavour. With your fleet data at your fingerprints, it’s easy to spot inefficiencies and take steps to reduce the size of your carbon footprint.

To find out more, speak to the team today.

Simon Austin

Simon is the Associate Director, International Marketing, EMEA & APAC. With over 20 years marketing experience in the IT software and business analytics industry, Simon believes passionately in the power of data and how it can help business realise their full potential faster.

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