SALISBURY, MD - A new article from Navtrak, "5 Ways to a Greener Fleet”, offers fleet owners and managers five inherently "green" out-of-the-box benefits that GPS-based fleet management services such as Navtrak provide. For a free download of the entire list, please visit the following link: http://www2.navtrak.net/pressreleases/redirect.cfm?leadID=22&cID=GFPR1.
A growing awareness of global warming and other important (and potentially harmful) environmental trends is causing many companies with mobile workforces to start thinking about their "carbon footprint" - that is, the impact they are having on the Earth's atmosphere through their consumption of carbon-based fuels.
Navtrak's "5 Ways to a Greener Fleet” details the ways a properly implemented and managed GPS tracking system can make a mobile operation "greener." Areas addressed include:
- 1. Reduced fuel usage
2. Reduced engine idling
3. More efficient routing and driving
4. Maintenance management
5. Access to relevant data
GPS-based vehicle tracking is rapidly becoming the standardized best-practice approach to fleet management, and is being implemented across virtually every service industry. For example, Y Fray, founder and owner of EcoLimo Luxury Transportation in Los Angeles, utilizes GPS tracking for her fleet of limousines. She had the insight early on that service fleets can be productive as well as environmentally responsible - and can help promote the same values and practices to their clients and customers.
Fray notes, "Any green-thinking company should be tracking metrics like miles traveled per year, the amount of fuel used and the amount of carbon offset - and this is exactly the kind of information Navtrak provides. In this way, Navtrak is definitely helping to make America, especially corporate America, more 'green' and environmentally responsible."
Data from the EPA's Smartway Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution, shows the effect of commercial vehicles on the environment:
"Together, truck and rail transport now consume over 35 billion gallons of fuel each year. While burning fuel is necessary to move goods efficiently by truck and rail, some of that fuel is wasted due to inefficient practices such as excessive idling and using trucks with poor aerodynamic design. That wasted fuel translates to wasted money for freight transport companies and increased emissions released into the environment.
Burning this fuel produces emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most prevalent greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gases create a gaseous "blanket" that prevents ultraviolet rays from leaving the earth's atmosphere, resulting in a "greenhouse," or warming, effect, which is a major part of global climate change. Consuming 35 billion gallons of fuel produces over 350 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Burning this fuel also produces nitrogen oxides (NOx), a contributor to ozone formation, or "smog", and particulate matter - two air pollutants that have serious health and environmental impacts. Ground freight contributes 40% of transportation related emissions of NOx and 30% of particulate matter emissions."
Navtrak Inc., a leader in GPS tracking and fleet management services, provides tools to help companies with multiple vehicles on the road to increase efficiency and lessen their environmental impact. Navtrak's service identifies inefficient (and fuel-demanding) driving practices such as unproductive routing, excessive idling and unnecessary service stops.
These are only some of the ways that the Navtrak GPS tracking solution helps organizations lessen their environmental impact by implementing tools that encourage efficient driving and measuring (and then managing) fuel consumption.
For more information, contact Navtrak at (800) 787-2337 or visit us at www.navtrak.net.
Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine