Being green isn’t just about recycling, hemp lotion, and eating superfoods like kale- new technologies are making it easier to “Green Your Fleet.” The Association for the Work Truck Industry, NTEA, “expects that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release Phase 2 of their final rule for medium- and heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction this summer.”
Some good news is that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 were 12% below their 2005 levels. So what can you do to contribute to further reducing our carbon footprint? A good start is reviewing the Green Truck Association Glossary, which explains and identifies many of the “buzzwords” surrounding the concept of “going green” as a construction company that uses heavy machinery on a regular basis. Next, CarbonFund’s Carbon Footprint Calculator for Business will help you to determine how your team ranks in terms of output. Finally, Work Truck Online provides helpful tips for planning out how to make your fleet more eco-friendly.
According to the ECA, transportation accounts for 26% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, meaning that over a quarter of the United States greenhouse gases come from private and commercial vehicles. There are various greener fuel alternatives, including hybrid, clean diesel technology, liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG), and it’s important to choose the right option for your business. According to Amerit Fleet Solutions, “one of the biggest hurdles many businesses encounter when considering hybrid vehicles are the changes involved in caring for them. It’s true: going green does require special considerations. Routine maintenance for alternative fuel vehicles, or AFVs, is different than for conventional vehicles and special safety precautions may need to be taken as well.”
Converting your vehicles to alternative fuels in many cases is the most cost effective option because you can keep your existing fleet. However, there are several states that offer attractive tax incentives for purchasing alternative fuel vehicles (AFV’s) for commercial use. For example, Kansas provides a tax credit of up 40% for an AFV. Apart from being good for the environment, making greener choices with your work vehicles could also help you add great savings to your annual fuel costs: after the initial investment, LNG and CNG vehicles can help save upwards of 40% when compared with diesel vehicles. So put down that plant-based juice and work on making your fleet more green- it might end up helping you get more “green!”