Corporate Fleets Can Be Good for the Environment
Professionally managed fleets are better for the environment than unmanaged fleets said Karen Healey, manager of PHH Arval's green initiative, during a presentation at the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association conference held on Sept. 11, 2004 in Newport Beach. Fleet vehicles are better maintained, newer, and often more fuel efficient than the average vehicle on the road today.Even though fleet vehicles are cleaner, on average, than consumer vehicles, an average fleet of 800 vehicles still produces 6,750 tons of CO2 annually. Fleet managers can improve the environmental performance on their fleet in a number of ways including vehicle selection, vehicle maintenance, new technology adoption, and driver policy enforcement. The good news is, such improvements also can lead to reduced costs such as lower fuel bills. In addition, the government is interested in partnering with forward thinking fleet managers and fleet companies to develop ways to further reduce emission levels.In mid 2004, PHH conducted an environmental survey of its commercial fleet manager clients as part of its "green" program, an initiative started in 2002 by PHH Arval President and CEO George Kilroy. The survey responses revealed that fleet executives and managers share a high interest in improving the environmental performance of their fleets. However, fleet executives placed a higher priority on environmental issues than did the fleet managers.