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Best Practices in Emissions-Reduction Strategies

January 2013, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Cintas Uses Telematics to Reduce Idling
Cintas Corp., a company that specializes in providing a range of services, including the design, manufacture, and implementation of corporate identity uniform programs to businesses, is using telematics to reduce the number of vehicle incidents its drivers experience and shrink its carbon footprint. 

“Cintas has dedicated considerable resources to ensure its employees return home safely each and every day,” said Josh Moore, six sigma black belt at Cintas.

The company installed telematics technology from inthinc in 1,200 vehicles in its Uniform Rental division.

In addition to improving overall driver safety, Cintas focused on using the technology to reduce vehicle idling. The telematics technology notifies drivers when a vehicle is idling for too long, and, if the driver doesn’t respond, sends a notification to the fleet manager.

“Cintas is making a strong, conscious effort to reduce its footprint on the environment,” Moore said. “By setting up these alerts, our drivers are aware of how long their vehicle has been running idle and are reminded to turn the key, allowing us to not only save on gas, but substantially reduce carbon emissions as well.”

Osram Sylvania Moves to Four-Cylinder Vehicles
Lighting products company Osram Sylvania has made major changes to its U.S. fleet vehicles to meet corporate emissions-reduction goals. Overall, the company has successfully reduced its corporate absolute GHG emissions by 20 percent since 2006. Originally, Osram Sylvania had pledged to reduce its corporate GHG emissions by 10 percent between 2006 and 2011.

The majority of Osram Sylvania’s fleet resides within Sylvania Lighting Services (SLS), the company’s lighting services and maintenance division. Part of the company’s improvement effort involved changing its fleet composition significantly. This included replacing vehicles with larger displacement engines with smaller engines, adding clean-diesel-certified vehicles to its fleet, and implementing a corporate-wide program to reduce idling and speeding.

Osram Sylvania has a total of 1,180 vehicles, according to Jennifer Dolin, manager of sustainability and environmental affairs. Out of that total, 800 are service vehicles (375 bucket trucks, 375 vans and utility vehicles, 30 box trucks, and 20 large aerial/crane trucks), and the rest consist of 80 pickup trucks in a motor pool and 300 SmartWay-certified passenger vehicles for SLS and all corporate sales divisions.

Dolin explained that it replaced 75 percent of its full-size eight-cylinder pickup trucks over the last four years and planned to replace the remaining 25 percent by the end of 2012, all with smaller four-cylinder pickup trucks.

The company also replaces 8- to 10-percent of its service fleet each year in order to cycle out older, inefficient models, replacing them with new, certified clean-idle vehicles and those that don’t need to idle when operating an aerial device. For the aerial trucks, Osram Sylvania is using a direct drive battery system, which eliminates the need for power take-off and any need to idle while operating the aerial device. 

The company also has programs and training for its drivers that are designed to reduce emissions. 

“We have a strict company vehicle speed limit policy in place and educate our drivers on regular scheduled fleet/safety meetings,” Dolin explained. “We also have an anti-idling policy in place in addition to educating our drivers on federal/state and local regulations/ordinances for vehicle idling.”

In 2011, Osram Sylvania was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Clean Fleets partnership for its efforts to reduce emissions.

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