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Tool 16: Developing your own clean fleet strategy

If you read through the toolkit, you will hopefully have become aware of the significance of the environment for your society and your business and want to do something about it. Tools 1 to 6 will give you the basic knowledge on why you need to act.
Follow the five steps below to develop your own fleet strategy.

  • Impact - Your emissions today
  • Your emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases (CO2) depend on the standard of your vehicles, the driving conditions and the fuel used.

    Use the Inventory and Options (Tool 18) in the CD and your own statistics to make an inventory and to calculate a rough estimate of your emission and your fuel use today. This will give a baseline to work from.

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  • Actions - possibilities
  • Tool 7 to 15 in the CD will give you a general overview of vehicle and fuel specific actions for addressing both air pollution and climate change.

    Make a list of suitable actions in the short-, medium- and long term.

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  • Strategy - set targets and decide on actions
  • Set targets both in terms of emission reduction and fuel use reduction, and decide on actions.
    Which actions are suitable for your fleet depends on your local conditions, such as clean fuel availability, and your own priorities. The examples in the CD will give some insights into what others have done.

    You need to set both short -, medium -, and long-term targets concurrent with your selected actions.

    This should be a long-term strategy but you also need some easy and quick wins in the short term in order to build confidence.

    The management sheet in the impact tool gives you a rough indicator on how much reduction in fuel use or pollutants you can expect from each action.

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  • Monitor - track your development
  • It is essential that you monitor your work and evaluate if it is successful or not. Use the Tool 17 Monitoring provided in the CD to help you to choose indicators. Make your own indicators as well if you need to.

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  • Evaluate – feedback and improvement
  • The evaluation feeds back to step 3 and your strategy when you see what was effective or not. As soon as you have reached the short-term targets, make new plans and targets and make the previously medium-term targets into short term ones etc.

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