In the current edition of Automotive Fleet, I’ve suggested several environmental metrics for fleets to track. These are:
- Total greenhouse gas emissions
- Greenhouse gases per miles traveled
- Greenhouse gases per vehicle
- Greenhouse gases per ton of freight moved
- Cost per metric ton of greenhouse gases reduced
- Percentage of vehicles in the fleet that emit less than 15, 10 and 5 tons a year
- Percentage of drivers that match or exceed EPA MPG combined rating
Given their multifaceted nature, fleets will best understand their progress by tracking a series of metrics. For example, a fleet’s total greenhouse gas emissions might be increasing because its vehicles are driving more miles, even if the vehicles themselves are becoming more efficient. Each of these data points is critical to effectively managing fleet greenhouse gas emissions.
Since it appeared last week, I’ve already heard from several fleet managers who are using these or similar metrics. I’ve also heard from some fleet managers who are struggling to collect comprehensive fleet emissions data.
If you are working with fleet environmental metrics, I like to hear from you too. What metrics are you using? What areas are most challenging to get good data?
To read more about the metrics I’ve put forward including the data need to track each, see the article on Automotive Fleet.