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Measure emissions for effective management

Nov 08, 2016
The Environmental Audit Committee’s new report on, ‘Sustainability in the Department for Transport,” is seriously flawed, according to Fuel Card Services.

Steve Clarke, Group Marketing Manager, said: “The select committee made some good long-term suggestions, but has missed an opportunity. It could have recommended action that would bring immediate benefits for fleet sustainability. In particular, it could have urged the introduction of measures compelling commercial road users to monitor and record fleet emissions.”  

The committee offered conclusions and recommendations in the areas of government policy and policy making, governance and operations. Steve Clarke said: “The focus on ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) ignores the reality of current technology, cost and infrastructure. Government should promote ULEVs, but recognising that widespread adoption remains a long-term prospect. Meanwhile, diesel and petrol vehicles will dominate for years to come. Government could achieve widespread, immediate impact with mandatory emissions monitoring.”  

The select committee noted that “emissions have increased for the past two years running”. Although it then recommended that the DfT “set out in the government’s forthcoming carbon reduction plan how it intends to deal with this”, it suggested no particular actions.  

“What gets measured, gets managed,” said Steve Clarke. “Requiring fleets to record and track their emissions has to be the first step in getting them to implement reduction programmes. Thousands of fleets have already seen the sense of this, but many more will require encouragement in the form of regulation.”

Photo: Steve Clarke.

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