How to manage a green fleet

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Managing a green fleet is emerging as a key priority for employers. According to the Employee Benefits/SureFleet Fleet Research 2008, 45% of fleet managers say that the environment is taken into account in devising their fleet policies, while a further 37% say that they would like to do so.

It is certainly a goal worth pursuing as making a fleet greener not only helps cut down carbon emissions, it can also save money for employers and employees alike and deliver a positive impact on health and safety.

Corporate and driver behaviour will have to change if carbon emissions are to be cut. Employers are best advised to first conduct a green audit in order to establish the carbon footprint of the fleet, fuel consumption levels, mileage covered and the availability of green vehicles – then, bit by bit, tackle each of these factors so that carbon emissions are reduced.

There is a long way to go, as only 13% of fleet managers in the aforementioned survey have agreed a strategy to reduce their fleet’s carbon footprint. However, this guide should help employers take that first step.

Amanda Wilkinson

Editor, Employee Benefits magazine