The transportation sector is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the UK, and as we move towards a greener future, reducing your fleet’s impact on the environment is an important issue for fleet owners. Implementing fleet sustainability measures is one of the best ways an organisation can reduce its environmental impact and help fight climate change, as well as benefitting the company by lowering long-term costs, such as spending less on fuel, oil, and even maintenance. A sustainable fleet management strategy is one that uses a combination of cleaner vehicles and fuels, fuel-efficient operation and driving, and by reducing the amount of road traffic it generates.
It’s clear that leaders are prioritising sustainability, recent research by Samsara has shown. Their 2023 State of Connected Operations Report found that of the 300 physical operations leaders surveyed, 53% cited sustainability of operations as a critical priority. There has been a major shift towards electric vehicles, with more than half in the process of purchasing or leasing electric vehicles for their fleets, but this is not without its challenges; around half (49%) of leaders say a major hurdle for electrifying their fleet is the lack of fast-charging stations, while another obstacle for many (46%) is the cost of electrifying their fleet.
If you’re not ready to go fully electric just yet, there are still ways you can achieve fleet sustainability. Philip van der Wilt, SVP and general manager EMEA at Samsara, said: “With sustainability a clear priority for physical operations leaders in the UK and Ireland, investing in ways to transform their fleet has never been more important. Connected technologies can play an important role in enabling operations leaders to create a modern, sustainable fleet, providing data that can improve fuel economy, create more efficient vehicle routing, and promote more eco-friendly driver behaviour.”
How can telematics help you achieve fleet sustainability?
- Live Traffic Information & Route Optimisation – Live traffic information and real-time TFL traffic cameras feed for route optimisation, ensuring that vehicles are being used as efficiently as possible and using the least amount of fuel. Significant mileage savings can be made, thereby reducing fuel and mileage costs, emissions, vehicle wear and tear, and even the size of a fleet.
- Co2 & Fuel reporting – Report on Co2 usage and fuel used across the fleet
- Driver Behaviour Score – Assess driving behaviour and compare driving styles with league tables. Speeding, harsh acceleration, harsh braking and idling increase fuel consumption, and these behaviours are also likely to increase the risk of accidents and vehicle wear and tear. Modifying poor driver behaviour can have significant benefits in terms of reduced fuel costs, accidents and insurance premiums, and reduced vehicle wear and tear.
- CANbus Integration – CANbus helps firms operate more efficiently by supplying detailed data on how vehicles are being used – from each individual gear change to every last millilitre of fuel consumed.