18 February 2019

Creating a green fleet strategy that matches a company’s long-term plans, and meets the current need to reduce carbon emissions, can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.

With careful planning, investment in future infrastructure and an understanding of how simple actions can impact overall fleet costs, businesses can implement a strategy that works for their fleet.

Careful vehicle selection

Finding the right fleet vehicles is an essential step in implementing a green strategy. With the continued focus on emissions and the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP), appropriate vehicle choice not only helps to “go green”, but also reduces the overall running costs of a fleet.

Leverage electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles

Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are becoming a serious consideration for businesses that are looking for ways to improve their ‘green fleet’ responsibilities and reduce their overall fleet costs.

Moderating fuel consumption

Another aspect of implementing a green fleet strategy is to monitor vehicles for overall fuel consumption. An analysis of data received from vehicle telematics will provide an insight into which vehicles may need replacing, and drivers that might not be driving economically.

Introducing grey fleet policies

Many organisations will have a number of employees that use their own vehicles for business journeys. However, this does pose a challenge for fleet managers who are looking to reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel consumption.

This is because they may not have access to the insurance status, servicing schedule, or information on any outstanding maintenance.

However, fleet managers can work with HR departments to put together a comprehensive grey fleet policy, which could outline how often vehicles need to be checked, and how often employees need to submit their business mileage. 

Accurate mileage management

When implementing a green fleet strategy, fleet managers should take into account their existing mileage allowance. Not only does this help to establish which drivers are using their full allowance, but it also helps to identify areas for improvement.

For example, if a small portion of the fleet is using the full allowance but most vehicles are not, this may be an opportunity to tighten the allowance as a whole.

At the same time, mileage management and route planning should be monitored to ensure that all drivers are taking the most economical routes, rather than taking longer ones to take advantage of mileage allowances.

Further reading

In conclusion, fleet managers and their teams should carefully plan how they are going to approach implementing a green fleet strategy, take into account current fuel spend and analyse which vehicles may need replacing over the following months and years.

With a continued focus on reducing carbon emissions and improving overall fleet running costs, it’s vital that steps are taken now to enhance the future of a company’s environmental standing.

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