Calls for a green transition are increasing and company fleets are being affected directly. The final section of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report on solutions for the mitigation of climate change calls in particular for decarbonisation of the transport sector*, which is responsible for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. The new regulatory measures adopted in France support such a move.
More eco-friendly fleet management consists of reducing the environmental impact of fleets, mainly due to vehicles’ energy consumption and the pollutant emissions associated with this (chiefly CO2, but also the particulates responsible for atmospheric pollution).
Many measures must be taken to achieve this, related as much to choices about fleet composition as fleet use. Below we explain what these are so that you can implement a step-by-step strategy, based on the levers available to you:
Action on the ground: driver behaviour
Regardless of the engine and vehicle type used, your drivers’ behaviour has a direct influence on your vehicles’ fuel consumption. Here are three suggestions to take into account in your fleet management:
1. Encourage eco-driving
When reducing pollution goes hand in hand with safety
Eco-driving consists of adopting smooth driving behaviour, particularly during acceleration and braking and on bends.
According to the ECF, including eco-driving in your fleet management can achieve reductions of up to 20% in fuel consumption. It limits emissions of CO2 and other pollutants from combustion engine vehicles and extends battery life in electric vehicles.
It is also an effective way of keeping your drivers safe and cutting accidents by reducing risky behaviours through more careful driving.
Not all your drivers drive smoothly?
Good news: eco-driving can be learned! Training and courses available on the subject are increasingly available to meet growing demand from businesses.
Technology is also available to improve driving behaviour. Onboard telematics solutions can give your drivers indicators that reflect their driving style (sharp turns, sudden braking, etc.) as well as their CO2 emission data. This gives them the keys to take direct action on these risk factors.
2. Cut idling
If you’re not driving, you’re not causing pollution, right?
Attempts to eliminate vehicle idling are often undertaken in a bid to save fuel. But idling also has a significant impact on pollutant emissions and on premature vehicle wear (engines in particular, which can be damaged by the build-up of residues from partial fuel combustion).
Construction machinery is particularly affected: it is often left with the engine on during breaks.