Written by Lou Boyle, National Manager of Local Government, Teletrac Navman
Australia’s economy is dependent on the movement of vehicles, so it should come as no surprise that our CO2 emissions are the highest on record. It is estimated that Australia’s per capita CO2 emissions are around 15 tonnes per person, which is more than the two tonnes recommended to keep global warming under two degrees Celsius by 2050.
People in business across multiple industries, are acting now to prepare for the impact. As our greenhouse gas output continues to rise, businesses around Australia are looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
While many businesses are turning to emerging alternate vehicle technology like electric and hydrogen fleets, telematics is a proven solution that offers a fast return on investment (ROI) and with the right strategy, can be implemented into fleets of all shapes and sizes.
Let’s take a closer look at how telematics can drastically improve your environmental impact.
Monitor Your Emissions
Being able to accurately keep track of your assets to know where they are and how they’re being used is vital for any operator to reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint. Manually keeping track of your fuel consumption is a time-intensive and headache-inducing process, but telematics keeps track of this data in real-time and makes it easy to monitor your fuel usage.
Driving habits like rapid acceleration, harsh braking and unnecessary idling can all lead to inefficient fuel use, which adds to your fleet’s environmental impact. Telematics allow you to view how often these behaviours occur and if they’re a rising trend. You can narrow this down to specific drivers, vehicles or assets in your fleet and in turn, lessen their carbon footprint.
Effective Route Planning
By tracking and replaying movements in real-time, onboard GPS technology lets you plan more efficient routes, eliminating unnecessary fuel usage while ensuring you get the job done as quickly as possible. You can assign a job ad-hoc to the nearest person to reduce fuel use, complete tasks in a shorter timeframe and boost customer service.
With clear visibility of your entire fleet, GPS technology allows managers to plan their vehicle routes well in advance and re-route assets in real-time where necessary. By preventing unplanned stops, this not only ensures a smooth and consistent customer experience but enhances fuel efficiency.
Improved Driver Behaviour
Telematics can also be used to transform driver behaviour. In-vehicle monitoring systems let fleet operators keep an eye on problematic trends, so drivers can be coached on the impact of poor habits like speeding on the environment. For example, if you notice unnecessary idling by one of your drivers, you can make them aware of the issue immediately to curb their carbon footprint.
Implementing a driver behaviour program - such as using scorecards that track improvement of unsafe habits - provides added incentive for drivers to alter their behaviour. By rewarding sustainable behaviour and educating drivers who are less efficient, you’re introducing more ‘buy-in’ to fleet sustainability and encouraging all drivers to meet environmental goals together as a unified team.
Transforming your workforce into a green fleet is an important and necessary step – and telematics is a proven solution that offers immediate results, helping your business kickstart its environmental transformation.