By Shell on Oct. 12, 2021
Reducing emissions across your fleet has knock-on positive effects for your entire business. Using the latest technology - such as apps and digital storage - you can have a more efficient fleet that uses less fuel, is cleaner to run and has your business doing business instead of sitting in traffic or off the road getting serviced.
Here are five win-win ways you can reduce fleet emissions:
1. Ensure your fleet is well maintained
The better shape your fleet is in, the more efficient it is. To ensure it’s operating at its maximum capacity, choose preventative maintenance over crisis maintenance and manage this with smart, cloud-based software to make it as easy as possible for your team.
The number one thing to regularly check is tyre pressure – the optimum pressure delivers improved tyre life, vehicle drivability, fuel consumption, safety, and reduced emissions. Regular changing of components such as oil and air filters not only reduces the chance of a breakdown – costing valuable time and money in both wasted wages and running costs – but also ensures your vehicles are running at their most efficient, saving fuel costs and time with drivers stopping to fill up less often.
Well-maintained vehicles also bring superior resale value when they’re due for replacement and are important to your team’s safety.
2. Plan, integrate and minimise journeys where possible
Key to reducing emissions and resources is to take as few trips as possible. Of course, many fleets are constantly on the move, but integrating journeys to reduce the number of trips where possible will bring both environmental and cost-efficiency benefits.
Planning your journeys strategically to group destinations in close proximity will ensure less time on the road with lower emissions. Traffic flow is another consideration, with several easy-to-use and free smartphone apps available to help with route planning.
3. Measure your fleet’s carbon footprint
Knowledge is power, so understanding your fleet’s emissions will help you to plan and set targets for the future. There are several online calculators that will help you measure levels of key air pollutants based on fuel usage data.
4. Establish a shelf-life for your fleet and update to cleaner tech
There’s a good chance that there is a more fuel-efficient, lower-emission version of what’s on your fleet available today. To that end, it’s important to establish the lifespan of each vehicle in your fleet in order to maximise your return on investment and ensure the cleanest fleet possible.
Planning replacement timing of your fleet vehicles brings significant advantages over running older vehicles indefinitely. Higher-mileage vehicles increasingly cost more to maintain, especially as more significant outlay is required for milestone services, which also means greater time off the road. Parts supply can become more difficult and add increasing costs, too.
In addition to tax and financial advantages, newer vehicles with greater technology bring ever-improving fuel efficiency and lower emissions, with major brands seeing fleets as a way of developing new cleaner technology, from electrification to hydrogen, well in advance of passenger cars. The benefits for large fleets and lowering emissions are significant.
5. Store your records digitally
A survey conducted by Viva Energy of Australia’s small-to-medium enterprises indicated that over 60 per cent of SMEs currently use manual processes to manage their fuel costs and vehicle expenses. That’s extremely time consuming and leads to a higher risk of documents being misplaced or data entered incorrectly through error.
As a Shell Card holder, your fleet’s fuel use is recorded digitally via Shell Card Online, saving the hassle of chasing up paper receipts from your fleet drivers, with data conveniently accessible 24/7 online. Not only does this make tax time easier, it also enables you to keep track of your fleet’s purchases effectively and accurately in real time to measure and maximise savings across your entire fleet. Lower fuel costs and usage means lower emissions, too.