The role of telematics in the green movement of fleets

Published on May 13, 2014 in Fleet Management by Geotab.


A growing number of organizations are joining the green fleet movement. Discover how telematics is making fleets more efficient and sustainable.

A growing number of organizations have recognized the importance of the implementation of environmentally friendly processes and policies into their firm’s practices. In an effort to achieve operational efficiency, many organizations are no longer solely addressing cost control, but rather have increased the company’s emphasis on environmental sustainability. Fleet management solutions, such as Geotab’s GO device and software, are capable of providing these organizations with the ability to address both of these concerns in an overall effort to operate with maximum efficiency. Companies that utilize fleets in their operations are crucial to most industries and the overall economy, so it is likely that the number of fleets will not decrease at any point in the near future. However, through constant tracking and analysis of fleet activity, fleet management solutions are able to monitor a variety of key performance metrics including areas such as fuel consumption and emission levels.

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Fleet impact of new fuel and environmental standards

As recently stated by Bill Graves, the American Trucking Association’s President and CEO, “Fuel is one of our industry’s largest expenses, so it makes sense that, as an industry, we would support proposals to use less of it.” In addition, the transportation sector is currently responsible for about 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The Obama Administration is in the midst of working towards the development and issuance of vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by 2016. They are ultimately calling for a “10-to 20-percent reduction in fuel consumption and GHG emissions, depending on vehicle type, beginning in 2014 and running through 2018”. The significance of telematics is emphasized through these recent proposals; fleet management solutions within the telematics industry enable organizations to monitor areas such as fuel consumption, mileage, speed, and idle-time- all of which simultaneously result in decreased emission levels, fuel expenses, and overall fleet operating costs.

Telematics leading to the success of fleet’s efforts to go green

Telematics is making fleets efficient and sustainable. The industry has had an impact on the way that fleets operate, and has proven to be successful in making them more efficient, safer, and successful at operating in accordance with the corporate mission. Whether it be through the optimization of routes or the reduction of idling time, telematics has played a strong role in not only facilitating fleets in saving money, but also enabling them to become much more sustainable. Reducing fuel consumption and cooperating with the local emission standards are the first steps towards the achievement of greener operations in a fleet-based organization. However, there are a number of steps that will also assist a firm in moving towards becoming a greener fleet:

  1. Reduce Idle Time
  2. Improve Vehicle Maintenance
  3. Reduce Speeding
  4. Reduce  Unauthorized Vehicle Usage
  5. Optimize Routing
  6. Continuously Monitor Emissions

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