SPARKS, MD - Forty-nine percent of fleets reported measuring emissions, up from 28 percent in 2008, according to the results of PHH Arval's 2010 Green Survey. The annual industry-wide survey draws participation from public and private sector fleet managers on the subject of the environment.
The survey was designed to gauge fleet managers' insights into environmental issues, how fleets are implementing solutions that would reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and more. For the second year in a row, the survey was distributed via the web and included responses from a wide variety of fleet managers.
Following are some key findings highlighted by PHH:
• Almost half of all fleets (49 percent) are measuring emissions. In 2008, the first year PHH Arval asked the question, slightly more than a quarter of all fleets (28 percent) were measuring their emissions. There have been significant gains in this area in the past two years.
• Despite the economic climate, there is continued interest in environmental issues. Seventy-five percent of respondents reported they had been asked about the environmental impact of their fleets in the last year. This compares to 74 percent in 2009 and has largely remained flat since 2007, the first year of the survey. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they have an environmental goal for their fleets, up slightly from last year. In addition, the economic climate accelerated progress for some respondents and slowed it for others. Twenty eight percent said the economy accelerated their programs (compared to 21 percent last year), and 20 percent said it slowed their plans (compared to 9 percent last year).
• Cost continues to be a concern. Although the number of people that identify cost as a barrier to greening their fleets has fallen slightly each year, it continues to be significant at 42 percent (down from 46 percent in 2008). Twenty-nine percent of respondents have been finding cost savings as they reduce emissions. This is slightly up from last year (25 percent).
• Fleets focusing on driver behavior as a key way to reduce emissions. Seventy-four percent of fleet managers are reaching out to drivers to enlist their help with fleet environmental goals.
• Fleets are cautious in adopting new or emerging alternative fuels. We asked respondents about their current use and potential near-term use for a variety of fuel types including electric, diesel and compressed natural gas. Conventional gasoline hybrids had the most acceptance, with every other technology trailing significantly.
Full details of the survey can be found at www.phharval.com/greensurveyresults.