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Vancouver, Delta first municipalities to earn Gold rating from E3 Fleet

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The purchase of medium-duty hybrid trucks and the use of biodiesel are two elements th...


Vancouver earned a Gold rating from E3 Fleet for greening its fleet of small and large vehicles.
Vancouver earned a Gold rating from E3 Fleet for greening its fleet of small and large vehicles.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The purchase of medium-duty hybrid trucks and the use of biodiesel are two elements that helped the City of Vancouver and Corporation of Delta earn the first ever Gold Ratings from E3 Fleet.

 

The E3 Fleet program is a national program orchestrated by the Fraser Basin Council, which recognizes excellence in fleet management and environmental performance.

 

“Vancouver and Delta can take pride in achieving Gold Ratings,” said Dr. Charles Jago, chair of the Fraser Basin Council. “They are showing exceptional leadership and a serious commitment to improving air quality and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.”

 

Under the program, public and private sector fleets can seek formal ratings based on criteria such as: fleet action plan; idle reduction practices; vehicle purchasing; fuel data management; fleet operations and maintenance; trip and route planning; and fuel efficiency.

 

Vancouver earned its Gold rating by: purchasing medium-duty hybrid-electric trucks, employing the right vehicles for each fleet function, assessing the full lifecycle costs of each vehicle purchased, testing alternative fuels, adopting new technologies and taking advantage of nitrogen tire inflation and engine control module reprogramming, according to the city.

 

“The E3 Fleet rating is both exciting news and a tremendous encouragement to us as we strive to become the greenest city in the world,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said. “Our Engineering Services staff are to be congratulated for taking multiple steps to improve fleet efficiency by 4% and cut overall emissions by 0.4% between 2006 and 2008.”

 

Delta, meanwhile, improved its fuel efficiency by 6% for every kilometre travelled, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 1% between 2007 and 2008, E3 Fleet officials said. Delta employed a fuel-efficient fleet purchasing strategy (including replacing 16 conventional vehicles with hybrids), launched an anti-idling campaign, right-sized its vehicles and on larger vehicles installed GPS systems and engine shut-off devices to discourage idling. Delta also uses biodiesel in all its diesel engines.

 

“I am thrilled that the Corporation of Delta has been able to achieve one of the country’s first Gold E3 fleet ratings,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “Reducing the environmental footprint created by our corporate fleet has been a huge effort on the part of a lot of people – the Engineering and Climate Action Departments, our corporate policy analysts and upper level management, everybody. It’s a municipality-wide commitment that’s paying off.”

 

More info on the E3 Fleet program is available at www.e3fleet.com.


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