Mining Data for Greener Fleet Management

Smart GPS tracking can lead to more efficient fleet management.
Jun 16, 2016 8:00 AM ET

For today’s builder, running a sustainable business is more important ever before. In the United States, approximately 20 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are contributed by light-duty vehicles. It is essential that businesses that use vehicles as part of their operations find ways to limit environmental impact and improve sustainability. Construction fleets are implementing GPS tracking systems to better manage fleet resources to limit GHG emissions, which contribute to climate change, air pollution and disease. GPS tracking systems increase sustainability by monitoring fuel usage, limiting speeding and idling, monitoring fleet use, increasing route efficiency, streamlining maintenance management and more.

Improved Fuel Management One of the easiest ways to limit unnecessary fuel usage with a GPS tracking system is to monitor vehicle idle time. Excessive idling will not only hike up fuel costs significantly for construction businesses; it will also cause vehicles to emit detrimental amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Businesses will improve their sustainability by putting a cap on unnecessary idling by tracking idle metrics through a GPS tracking system’s reports and alerts, and taking action as soon as vehicles surpass acceptable idle time thresholds.

Another method construction fleets are implementing to scale back on unnecessary fuel use is correcting inefficient driving. Along with safety implications associated with monitoring driver behavior, fleet managers can use a GPS tracking system to review quantities of fuel used from unproductive driving.

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