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2002 Transportation — Co-winner 2

City of Edmonton, Alberta

Fuel Sense Program

Population: 937,845

The Fuel Sense Program targeted 1,000 municipal employees who had logged the highest fuel consumption in the City of Edmonton's vehicles. In the 10 months of the program, employees were trained to drive for better fuel efficiency. Drivers first took voluntary training that included hre-tested to see if these techniques were improving fuel efficiency. The Fuel Sense Program was also incorporated into Edmonton Transit's operator training program. The city's original goal of reducing overall corporate fuel usage by five to 10 per cent was met and exceeded. By the end of 2001, fuel consumption was down 10 to 20 per cent for the 10-month period, translating into savings of $175,000.

Background

As part of its commitment to FCM's Partners for Climate Protection, Edmonton city council approved a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan that aimed to reduce emissions from municipal operations by 20 per cent by 2008. Municipal operations account for three per cent of the total emissions within city boundaries.

In December 1999, the city's office of the environment helped create CO2RE, a group comprised of industrial firms, other businesses, institutions and environmental organizations, to develop an emissions reduction plan for the community sector. In January 2002, with input from over 50 local groups, CO2RE completed a community-wide strategy to combat climate change and improve energy efficiency. One of its key recommendations was to improve the efficiency of the city's municipal fleet vehicles by modifying driving practices and implementing training programs.

Results

  • 700 drivers have been trained as of March 2002, with savings estimated at $175,000. As more drivers are trained, a simple extrapolation of the numbers indicates that annual fleet cost savings could be well over half a million dollars.
  • Fuel consumption savings have consistently remained between 10 and 20 per cent, regardless of the type of vehicle, and despite the fact that the total number of kilometres driven had increased due to greater service demands.
  • Fuel volumes consumed per kilometre dropped by approximately 5.5 per cent, a gain in fuel efficiency of
  • 1.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
  • An estimated 310 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions were avoided in the program's first year of operation.

Lessons Learned

  • Communicating results regularly to drivers and council is critical. The need to provide follow-up information and keep communication lines open is recognized.
  • The program is relatively easy to transfer to other types of vehicle operations, such as those of Edmonton Transit or private industry.

  • There were some initial problems with the on-board computers. Greater effort should have been made to ensure that computers were working properly since they are essential to measure results.

Partners

External

  • Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency

Internal

  • Edmonton Transit
Page Updated: 21/12/2015