Attention, tour operators! Keep your fleet running efficiently to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money. Many factors can affect the efficiency of a vehicle, including load, routing, driving behaviour, and maintenance. Tracking your costs per km and fuel usage per km will help alert you to changes in your fleet’s fuel performance. Focusing on the outcome of reduced emissions allows you the flexibility to consider a range of solutions for your fleet, ultimately ensuring you meet different needs and maximize reductions.
Whether your tour company operates one vehicle or one dozen, keeping your fleet running efficiently can provide significant savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It starts with the age-old management axiom, “What gets measured, gets managed.” In the context of fleets, this means you need to measure your mileage for each vehicle as well as cost and emissions.
Many factors can affect the efficiency of a vehicle, including load, routing, driving behaviour (speeding, aggressive driving, idling), city vs. highway driving, and maintenance. Tracking your costs per km and your fuel usage per km will help alert you to changes in your fleet’s fuel performance. Making an additional calculation to check your emissions performance per km will allow you to compare different vehicles in your fleet (ex. diesel, LPG, bio-diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles). Tracking individual vehicles might be a challenge if you don’t have a fuel card for each vehicle, so make it a priority to implement tracking procedures during fueling.
When setting goals, it is best to focus on the overall CO2 emissions reductions rather than a specific technology. There are often significant savings to be found by improving the behavioural elements of driving, which can be missed if you focus too much on one distinct technology. Focusing on the outcome of reduced emissions also allows you the flexibility to look at a range of solutions for your fleet to meet different needs and maximize reductions.
Tracking your emissions will allow you to measure the impact of anti-idling campaigns, find more efficient routing, and improve vehicle maintenance.