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GREEN FLEET: Economic Conditions Spur Some Green Fleet Efforts

In the annual PHH survey of environmental fleet issues, 21 percent of respondents said current difficult financial times have accelerated their fleet management goals; just 9 percent said those efforts had slowed.

September 2009, by Staff

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Increasingly, fleets are implementing environmental goals, according to fleet management company PHH's most recent annual environmental issues survey. Some 63 percent of respondents indicated they were putting such goals in place. Additionally, the survey revealed a majority of respondents had been asked about their fleets' environmental impact in the last year.

In a break from previous methodologies, the 2009 PHH survey was distributed via the Internet and covered more subject areas, reaching a wider audience and covering the topic in more depth.

Interest in Environmental Issues Remains Strong

Seventy-four percent of respondents reported they were questioned about the environmental impact of their fleets in the last year.

"With the changes in PHH's survey methodology, it is difficult to directly compare this year's results with previous years," said Karen Healey - director in charge of PHH's green initiatives. "However, the survey does indicate interest in this issue continues to be significant. In general, the larger the fleet, the more likely the fleet manager was to answer 'yes' to this question."

Possibly related, 100 percent of respondents who identified fleet as their full-time job said they were asked about the environmental impact of the fleet.

Few Fleets Slow Environmental Programs Due to Economy

The survey also questioned how the current economic environment is impacting fleet environmental programs.

When asked, 21 percent of survey respondents said economic conditions had actually accelerated their fleet environmental goals, and only 9 percent said the economy had slowed their efforts (Chart 1).

"This is an extremely encouraging sign, and may indicate fleet managers are using the economic downturn to right-size vehicles, for both environmental and financial reasons," noted Healey.

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