Reasons to Reduce
Motor vehicles are responsible for both greenhouse gas emissions and air toxic emissions.There are direct benefits to vehicle owners and broader community in emissions reduction, and the various emission reduction strategies often present attractive co-benefits.
Operational Savings and Productivity: Efficient vehicles use less fuel = lower greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs.
Health and Safety: Choosing cleaner vehicles and ensuring idling is avoided where possible will help to reduce air toxics and the associated health and amenity impacts.
Reflecting Corporate Values: Many organisations have made corporate commitments to reduce their environmental impacts, often with explicit commitments around greenhouse gas reduction.
Preparedness: New low emission vehicle technologies and fuels are regularly emerging. For fleets, a managed transition to lower emission vehicles offers the chance to become familiar with a range of vehicles and to best match vehicles to the transport task.
Risk Mitigation: Efficient vehicles, and vehicles compatible with a broader range of fuels, offer a degree of hedging against higher fuel prices.
Competitive Advantage: Fuel use represents a substantial portion of the cost of service. Businesses that use efficient vehicles, simply, have lower operating costs. Increasingly, clients are requesting their suppliers, including freight and passenger transport, to demonstrate emissions reductions when tendering for contracts.
Employer of Choice: Companies that offer ongoing staff development and demonstrate a commitment to staff well-being are likely to be a more attractive employer and, therefore, have more success in attracting and retaining qualified staff. Ecodriving training for professional drivers, low emission vehicle service training for mechanics and a demonstrated commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and exposure to air toxic emissions may help position your company as an employer of choice.