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16 Sep, 2008 Vehicle and Fleet Right-sizing

The City of Hamilton uses a purchasing policy to ensure vehicles are right-sized and appropriate for the work they do. The fleet is recognized as one of the most successful government fleets in Canada. / City of Hamilton, 2007

16 Sep, 2008 Make your building bicycle friendly and provide bicycles for employees.

The City of Toronto is creating opportunities for City employees to move away from automobiles with a pool of City bicycles. / City of Toronto, 2008.

16 Sep, 2008 Why drive when you don’t need to?

Location plays an important role in promoting alternative transportation fleet options. Proximity to safe, designated paths in one thing to aim for.

16 Sep, 2008
16 Sep, 2008 Route planning ensures that what is done every day is done as efficiently as possible.

Start by identifying common activities, destinations, routes, and loads. This will help you understand where you need to get when and help you focus less on the driving and more on the task that results in the driving.

Depending on complexity and the way you choose to understand your routing, you may want to spend several weeks or months analyzing information. Some methods and components of route planning include:

16 Sep, 2008 Taking the Most Efficient Route from A to B

Route planning ensures that the most direct / efficient routes are always taken. It is an excellent way to reduce unnecessary fuel consumption and decrease driving time. Route planning is a financial and organizational improvement exercise and connected to climate action. It will undoubtedly result in cost and productivity improvements. [1]

16 Sep, 2008 Corporate Car Share Program
16 Sep, 2008 Car shares come in all shapes and sizes - chances are a model that works for you has already succeeded elsewhere.

Developing a corporate car share program follows closely with vehicle and fleet right-sizing. The first step is to get in touch with an established car share organization (CSO) to discuss the potential of developing such a program. For example, City of Vancouver staff use local car sharing, and have vehicles that are on  the car share system. 

16 Sep, 2008 Car Sharing Reduces Capital Investment.

A corporate car share program invovles inter-governmental and/or sharing assets with the local community. It often involves cooperation with an established car sharing organization (CSO) and helps local governments minimize the number of vehicles in their fleet while still ensuring that all task requirements are met.

16 Sep, 2008 An idling awareness program is often the first step a fleet manager takes when working to reduce GHG emissions.

As with other training and awareness programs, the costs and benefits of undertaking an idling awareness program need to be evaluated before proceeding. An awareness program should follow an idling reduction strategy and complement an idling training program.

Idle Free BC can provide effective communication tools to help you raise awareness among your employees.

16 Sep, 2008 An idling awareness program presents the case for moving away from getting zero miles per gallon.


An idling awareness program communicates corporate idling policies and techniques. It explains the environmental and financial importance of eliminating idling as much as possible and the numerous benefits that come along with doing so. [1]

16 Sep, 2008 Fuel Data Management System
16 Sep, 2008 Developing a fuel data management system can be simple or complex, but is always effective.

The key principle of a fuel data management system is always the same: To manage fuel consumption. Local governments can take a variety of approaches to doing this, ranging from manually tracking mileage (with pen and paper) to collecting instant fuel consumption with on board computers. Each local government will be different and find one technique that provides a better cost / benefit than all the rest.

16 Sep, 2008 Keeping Track of your GHG Reductions

What cannot be tracked cannot be managed. A Fuel Data Management System relates the true costs of fleet operations, with respect to fuel consumption, to key decision makers.

A fleet manager can select the most relevant measuring tool of a variety of monitoring and measurement methods, including:

16 Sep, 2008 Driver Awareness and Education
16 Sep, 2008 Encouraging Fuel Efficient Driving Techniques

The Township of Langley uses posters like these to keep drivers aware of how to improve fuel efficiency. / Township of Langley, 2007.

16 Sep, 2008 Vehicle purchasing policies mandate the transformation of today’s fleet into tomorrow’s.


This policy is the most important output of an energy efficient vehicle purchasing strategy. It is the essential tool that provides vehicle and equipment purchasing standards and procedures to ensure the best vehicle is purchased. They inform purchasing practices by providing guidance or regulation on what should and should not be used by the fleet.

16 Sep, 2008 Getting started with idling reduction.

Idling reduction policies should always be developed alongside a more complete idling reduction strategy. Every community is different. You should take time to understand the specific issues that drivers run into related to idling in your community. These can include, but are not limited to:

16 Sep, 2008 A fuel efficiency policy is a simple way to communicate how you are going to take action on climate change

Your vehicle owner’s manual is an excellent source of information on how to achieve maximum fuel efficiency over the life of your vehicle.As with preventative maintenance, understanding manufacturer s

16 Sep, 2008 Engage Staff in Taking Fuel Action

A fuel efficiency policy communicates your commitment to avoiding harmful emissions like these.Fuel efficiency policies mandate the environmental performance of vehicles and provide a framework for purchasing decisio


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