Best Practices in Emissions-Reduction Strategies

January 2013, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Cox Enterprises Celebrates Sustainability Milestone
In 2012, Cox Enterprises celebrated the fifth anniversary of Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program, and provided details on its 12,000-vehicle fleet’s specific achievements in its latest corporate sustainability report. The company launched the program in 2007.

Cox Enterprises said it currently employs flex-fuel vehicles and is replacing fleet vehicles with a mix of more fuel-efficient models and hybrids. The company said a number of these vehicles are used by its Cox Communications division. 

Currently, 90 percent of Cox’s executive fleet vehicles each get 27 mpg, 10 percent of the fleet consists of partial zero emissions vehicles (PZEV) and LEED-certified vehicles, and the fleet now has nearly 300 hybrid vehicles. For the company’s network operations vehicles, 90 percent of them use a new hybrid operating system that allows them to emit zero emissions during aerial operation.

Cox also employs a GPS system, now installed in a total of 5,000 vehicles in the fleet, which the company said saves more than 1 million gallons of fuel each year. The system also helps Cox reduce its carbon footprint by more than 25 million lbs. of CO2. Other features of the GPS/telematics system include a vehicle diagnostics component, which the company said helps drivers reduce fuel use (by controlling engine idle time) and CO2 emissions, and a “GeoManager” module. The company also created a “no-idle” zone at the Atlanta headquarter’s loading dock.

For the executive vehicle program, Cox employees must choose a vehicle that achieves 27 mpg or better. Cox partners with Georgia’s Clean Air Campaign and the Perimeter Transportation Coalition.

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