Why it is important to be an environmentally friendly motorist

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre in the US released shocking findings earlier this week that indicated Arctic sea ice cover is now at its lowest extent in the satellite record.

The previous record low, recorded in 2007, showed sea ice at just 4.17 million square kilometres. That number dropped even further on August 26 however, to 4.10 million square kilometres.

"By itself it's just a number, and occasionally records are going to get set. But in the context of what's happened in the last several years and throughout the satellite record, it's an indication that the Arctic sea ice cover is fundamentally changing," said NSIDC scientist Walt Meier in a statement released August 27.

The news serves as a stark reminder that pollution and climate change are a very real problem, and now might be a good time to consider the ways in which the fuel efficiency of your fleet can be improved to minimise emissions.

Even if you don't take into account the effect that fossil fuel emissions are potentially having on the environment, cutting down on your fleet's fuel usage will help lower costs and make your fleet more efficient - so it's a win/win situation.

Utilising fleet management software which can track fuel costs and determine where vehicles are not operating at maximum efficiency is a great way to identify potential improvements to your fleet's efficiency.

Green cars which are engineered to be less reliant on fossil fuels are another great tool in the fight against climate change and ensuring a better tomorrow for our planet.