ST. PAUL, MN — Ecolab Inc. has received a NAFA Fleet Management Association 2012 Sustainable Fleet Award for its efforts to remake its 7,000 vehicle U.S. fleet, according to a press release.
Since 2006, the fleet has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 22 percent, normalized to sales, and fuel consumption eight percent, despite an increase in the number of vehicles and total miles driven, the release stated.
The drive to reduce GHG emissions by the fleet aligns with Ecolab''s corporate goal to reduce U.S. GHG emissions per dollar of sales by 20 percent from the base year of 2006, the release noted.
"Our sustainability action plan included right-sizing the fleet and redefining the optimal vehicle for business requirements," said Gayle Pratt, director of global fleet for Ecolab.
"We revised our fleet policies to acquire more fuel-efficient vehicles, focusing on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified SmartWay vehicles. We moved from large to intermediate to small vehicles; and from eight- to six- to four-cylinder engines whenever possible," Pratt added.
According to the release, from 2006 to 2011, Ecolab''s U.S. fleet achieved:
• A 22 percent reduction in GHG emissions, normalized to sales
• An 18 percent improvement in average miles per gallon (MPG) per vehicle
• A 12 percent absolute reduction in GHG emissions
• An eight percent reduction in fuel consumed (1.4 million gallons) while the number of vehicles grew one percent and total miles driven increased nearly nine percent.
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