Carbon dioxide emissions are a serious threat to the environment

Every fleet manager wants to have a team of drivers who are not only professional and capable, but also limit their negative impact on the environment. When you drive a car every day, you're obviously going to use a great amount of fuel, which is a depleting resource in the world today. Keeping consumption low is important.

Emissions of CO2 are a critical issue, and keeping them under control should be a key goal.

But as a matter of fact, filling the car with petrol isn't the only way in which drivers do their planet a disservice. Emissions of carbon dioxide are also a critical issue, and keeping them under control should be a key goal for any professional driver or fleet manager.

The importance of CO2 emissions

Most fleet managers, when they want to gauge the efficiency and eco-friendliness of their vehicles, primarily pay attention to fuel consumption. They're not wrong to do so, but it's worth noting that CO2 emissions are also important. According to the Green Vehicle Guide published by the Australian government, the average new vehicle sold in Australia releases 188 grams of CO2 per kilometre driven.

This is important because CO2 contributes to the greenhouse effect, which hurts the sustainability of the planet. It doesn't directly lead to cost issues the same way fuel does, but it can lead to issues with regulatory compliance and with your reputation, both of which could hurt your business in the long run.

Better cars and drivers needed

Conventional wisdom says that if you want to limit CO2 emissions, the key is to purchase green cars. Again, this is true, but it's not the entire picture. Reducing emissions is also a matter of maintenance. The Carbon Fund has found that keeping tyres properly inflated can save between 200 and 300 kilograms of CO2 each year, for example.

Make sure your tyres are in tip-top shape.Make sure your tyres are in tip-top shape.

The other strategy to consider is safer driving. Accelerating and braking slowly can reduce excess CO2 use, and staying around the speed limit rather than speeding should also have a positive impact.

Gather the data in real time

When you're overseeing an entire team of drivers, you need to pay close attention to indicators like CO2 emissions that paint a clear picture of your drivers' performance. With this in mind, why not adopt software for fleet management that makes it easy to view all the key information in one place?

What Smartfleet offers is powerful, real-time reporting of all the data you need. Forget about the info you need being siloed, hard to access or slow to update. The process today can be quick, easy and highly informative. There's no need to settle for anything less.