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Greening the Corporate Fleet Transition Strategy

On June 9, 2008, Burlington City Council adopted a staff report and a transition strategy called Greening the Corporate Fleet. While the strategy was new, initiatives to ‘green’ the City’s corporate fleet have been underway for years. For example, the City added its first hybrid vehicle to the fleet in 2002. A year later, the City began using biodiesel as a pilot project and has been using it every summer ever since. Greening the Corporate Fleet Transition Strategy is divided into ten sections, including a description of current operations and, where an improvement has been identified, an action is recommended. The actions are highlighted below.

1. To assist in right sizing, a needs assessment must be completed by departments for each new light duty vehicle to confirm job function and demands on the vehicle. Improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions are key criteria for the assessment.

TARGET: Immediate

LEAD: All departments requesting new or replacement vehicles must complete the needs assessment. RPM Fleet Manager to evaluate. Director & GM to sign-off.

2. Departments should target light duty vehicles (that are typically used by single occupants and are not used for transporting goods and materials as determined in the needs assessment) with carbon dioxide emissions rated below 3,600 kg per year and fuel efficiency for city driving below 8.5 litres/100 km.[1]

TARGET: Immediate

LEAD: All departments

 

3. Staff will continue to evaluate hybrid vehicles as an option during the right sizing assessment process (where one is available in the appropriate class of vehicles for the job function). An analysis of capital and operating costs should be completed, including a comparison of emission reduction abilities (see Right Sizing section).

TARGET: Ongoing

LEAD: All Departments with support from Fleet Manager

4. Hybrid technologies should be considered for heavy duty vehicle applications where models are available for the necessary job function (pending results of municipal hybrid pilot test results).

TARGET: Ongoing

LEAD: RPM, Transit & Fire

 

5. Investigate best municipal practices for using biodiesel year round such as B5 in the winter and B10 in the summer; as well as increasing the mix to B20 for on-road diesel vehicles (manufacturer recommendations including warranty issues must be considered).

TARGET: 2009

LEAD: RPM Fleet Manager

6. Investigate expanding the use of biodiesel to Fire, Transit and Tyandaga fuel stations.

TARGET: 2009

LEADS: Fire, Transit & Parks & Recreation

7. Continue with vehicle maintenance best practices, including staff training for new technologies such as hybrid vehicles.

TARGET: Ongoing

LEAD: Fleet Maintenance Supervisors

 

8. Implement a smart driver education program for fleet vehicle operators.

TARGET: 2009

LEAD: RPM, Fire & Transit

9. All vehicles should be monitored to track fuel consumption, fuel costs, mileage, and maintenance costs to ensure the corporate objective to improve fuel efficiency is met.

TARGET: Ongoing

LEAD: RPM, Fire & Transit

10. This fleet strategy should be reviewed annually.

TARGET: Annual

LEAD: Fleet Manager & Sr. Environmental Coordinator



[1] Refer to Natural Resources Canada’s annual Fuel Consumption Guide.

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