Green Fleet

Anaheim's GHG Reduction Plan Gains CLEANFleet Certification

March 15, 2016

The city's "green" fleet currently consists of hybrids, compressed natural gas vehicles, and electric vehicles, including this Toyota Rav4 EV. Photo courtesyof City of Anaheim
The city's "green" fleet currently consists of hybrids, compressed natural gas vehicles, and electric vehicles, including this Toyota Rav4 EV. Photo courtesyof City of Anaheim

The City of Anaheim, Calif., has obtained Tier 5 CLEANFleet certification from the Coalition for Green Fleet Management. This, in addition to the city’s Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) designation, makes the city a Fleet Masters operation.

The CLEANFleet certification certifies fleets as energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Fleets must meet 13 certification categories that include waste management, oil management, air quality, facility management, purchasing policies, and carbon footprint.

Anaheim already met many of the certification categories, and its hardest step was working on a greenhouse gas reduction plan to address the “carbon footprint” category, according to Ron Lindsey, CAFS, fleet operations superintendent for the city. The Fleet & Facility Services Division set out to create a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan.

The draft of the plan calls for reducing greenhouse gasses from both stationary and mobile sources in the city’s fleet by 25% by the year 2020. The baseline year is fiscal-year 2014-15.

To do this, the division plans to purchase lower-polluting vehicles and equipment, reduce miles driven, replace older vehicles, and expand the size and scope of its motor pool.

Lindsey explained that the city will not accelerate its vehicle replacements, but will replace older vehicles as they come up for replacement, and staff will determine if a lower-polluting vehicle can be purchased instead.

Anaheim will be awarded for both the CLEANFleet certification and as a Fleet Masters operation at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) in June.

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