Fleet operators are urged to take action against climate change – by equipping their vehicles with the latest telematics systems.
The appeal comes after the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned last week that it would be “too late” to wait until 2020.
Kjell Anderton, director of Trackcompare, said: “There’s no doubt the world faces a frightening future if steps aren’t taken to tackle greenhouse-gas emissions. Fortunately, our industry is in a strong position to do something practical right now and make a real difference.
“New telematics systems are designed to cut emissions and tackle climate change in so many ways – from reducing journey lengths and enabling more efficient route planning to helping drivers adopt a more fuel-efficient driving style.”
The IEA, which is tasked with maintaining global energy security, has identified four proven policies, each of which relies on current technology that could be implemented immediately.
One is ‘to strengthen or introduce energy-efficiency measures in buildings, industry and transportation.’
“Telematics could certainly help in the case of transportation and spectacularly so,” said Mr Anderton.
Figures* show that better utilisation – thanks to telematics – can save up to 600 litres of fuel per vehicle a year, depending on mileage. Based on a fleet of 100 vehicles this adds up to 60,000 litres – an annual saving of 162 tonnes of C02.
The IEA’s four policies are designed to keep the world on track while countries work towards a more comprehensive agreement in 2020 to limit the rise in global temperature to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
Maria van der Hoeven told a London press conference: “The path we are currently on is more likely to result in a temperature increase of between 3.6°C to 5.3°C, with most of that warming happening within this century.”
According to the IEA report, global temperatures have already increased 0.8°C beyond pre-industrial levels.
Launched in 2009, TrackCompare.co.uk has grown quickly to become the UK’s leading vehicle tracking website, representing more than 50 tracking and telematics companies across a wide range of technologies.
The company’s online service is backed by a team of experienced fleet consultants, who help more than 2,000 new fleets every month.
For further information contact Kjell Anderton, TrackCompare.co.uk, Weston Centre, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex, C02 8JX. Tel 0800 096 0400.