MANY business owners are taking the initiative when it comes to going green for the sake of the environment. Which is a good thing as consumers are looking to support good corporate citizens and not the ones that put profit over people and the environment.
These business owners are ahead of the curve but reality is coming anyway. Governments all over the world are soon going to be putting restrictive measures in place to make sure that everybody is doing their part. Those businesses that haven’t gotten in on the sustainability act will soon be forced into it.
If you want to bit ahead of the eventual measures then you should be getting your fleet of vehicles ready to be greenified
1 – Switch fuels
Though diesel fuel gives you good mileage and is needed for its powerful engines, it is very dirty. One day, traditional diesel engines will be phased out for good so this is a good time to be thinking of alternatives.
Biofuels such as HVO are just such an alternative as they are not made from petroleum, but from plants. This means that it is renewable as we can continue to grow plants to make the fuel but there is only a finite amount of crude oil petroleum left in the ground.
Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) is processed using water to produce diesel from biomass. There are other benefits to using this fuel besides its green credentials. It is also much more stable in storage and is not as susceptible to gelling in cold weather like traditional diesel.
The best part is that plants don’t need to be harvested for use as a biodiesel as it can be made from residue from the processing of oils from plants. Even used cooking oil can be processed into an HVO.
2 – Optimise your route
Courier UPS is famous in the US for its no left turn policy which saves it millions of dollars per year in fuel. This is a good example of how finding the best route will cut down on your fuel consumption in a big way.
Use route planning apps that will use artificial intelligence to find the best possible route at the best time to make sure that you don’t use more fuel than necessary. This software can also plan out your route to make sure that there is little backtracking when delivering packages if that is what your fleet is doing.
3 – Keep up on your fleet maintenance
Routine maintenance may seem tedious and even costly, but what it costs in the short term it makes up for in the long term. You will save a lot of fuel by making sure the engine parts are working as they should. And if you are still using petroleum based products, then a well running engine produces less exhaust and runs cleaner.