Initiative would cut commercial fleet emissions by 20% in 5 years

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Updated Sep 22, 2010

Donlen, the Environmental Defense Fund and GreenDriver announced that they are collaborating on a multiyear Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action titled, “Commercial Fleet 20% GHG Emissions Reduction.” This commitment indicates a significant pledge by all three organizations to work together to transform the environmental impact of the fleet industry.

CGI commitments are designed to promote global corporate citizenship through the development of business practices that encourage sustainability, foster education, improve health and stimulate global economies. These commitments create innovative partnerships between corporations and nonprofits to accomplish their goals through new, specific and measureable business strategies.

Donlen, a North American fleet leasing and management company, will work with clients and other companies to baseline fleet emissions and create actionable emissions reductions plans to increase fuel efficiency, reduce miles traveled, utilize low-carbon fuels and deploy technologically advanced vehicles. EDF will assist Donlen by validating its data collection process, reduction strategies and methodology. Donlen also will utilize GreenDriver online training and behavior management programs to help commercial and government fleets reduce their CO2 emissions and fuel costs by focusing on the greatest variable in a vehicle’s fuel efficiency: the driver.

Donlen, EDF and GreenDriver invite and encourage their clients, large commercial fleets, and other fleet management companies, suppliers and vendors to join in this effort. “The transportation industry is responsible for 28 percent of the overall greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,” says Gary Rappeport, Donlen chief executive officer. “The Clinton Global Initiative offers us the venue to address this critically important issue, and we’re proud to collaborate with EDF to be part of the larger work of CGI.”

“Many opportunities exist today for companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle fleets while cutting costs,” says Jason Mathers, EDF project manager. “Time and again, we have seen that a smart performance-based structure is critical to achieving success. This commitment through the Clinton Global Initiative is a shining example of such a structure. We applaud Donlen and Green Driver for taking a central role in coordinating this commitment and are proud to work with them on this effort.”

The Commercial Fleet 20% GHG Emissions Reduction Commitment to Action was announced at the 2010 CGI Annual Meeting in New York City at the Environment and Energy keynote session by Master of Ceremony José María Figueres, former president of the Republic of Costa Rica.