Fleet managers will find food for thought in the latest online flip-book from The Green Journey. The newest in the free guidance series offers real help for fleets as they face growing pressure on sustainability.
Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: “We have been working with all types and sizes of fleets for many years. Now, we are helping fleet managers to enjoy the benefits of our own sustainability experience in achieving industry-leading certifications.”
The new edition of The Green Journey’s Sustainability Updates begins with a cautionary note for fleets running diesel cars and vans. DEFRA has published draft plans that suggest banning such vehicles from a number of major cities.
“The government is not meeting EU targets on air quality,” said Steve Clarke, “and sees diesel vehicles as a target. It has proposed access controls that would restrict the movements of thousands of vans and cars, without suggesting credible alternatives.”
The free flip-book also highlights the newest Cool Earth rainforest project, urging fleet managers to join in helping with the battle against climate change. As always, the latest issue offers useful guidance on strategic sustainability goals, both on setting targets and implementing best practice. Further practical steps are offered to cover key topics from tracking exhaust emissions to reducing fuel consumption.
The Green Journey is the Fuel Card Services approach to helping fleet managers to meet sustainability commitments. The advice is based on years of working with fleets, combined with its own experience in meeting international environmental and quality standards. It remains the automotive industry’s only organisation to become an official partner of Cool Earth, the leading environmental charity.
Green Journey – Plan to make a difference
Governments, both in Westminster and Brussels, are determined that fleets have
a part to play in delivering progress in sustainability overall. Some measures are
already mandatory, while other endeavours are merely encouraged. There is one certainty: every business can expect increasing legislative pressure to demonstrate real effort towards long-term sustainability.
Meanwhile, rainforest inhabitants can hardly afford to think into the long term. Every year, an area the size of Iceland is lost to loggers and tens of thousands of people are already living within a short walk of the edge of deforestation. The people need help and they need it now.
You can play your part with company-wide sustainability goals, particularly in the area of fleet management. Sustainability delivers real bottom-line benefits, from cutting day-to-day running costs to reducing whole-life vehicle costs. Start by setting clear, measurable goals:
– Reduce vehicle emissions, mileages and whole-life costs
– Use lower-technology resources
– Improve driver performance
– Support the business goals
– Develop greener credentials
– Improve bottom-line return on investment
Apart from setting goals, you should insist on collecting and keeping evidence of progress against targets. If you do not measure and track, you can not accurately report upon progress or identify areas for improvement. If possible, integrate your systems and information flows, so that sustainability records are linked into other fleet and vehicle-related systems. Above all, take advantage of third-party expertise, just as you would in any other area. If another organisation has already taken the same route towards sustainability, exploit their experience to smooth your own voyage.