|Participants in the Clean Fleet Management Training seminar in Santiago, Chile included (left to right) Duane Ellis of the JAA; Marlon Dietrich of the Jamaica Constabulary Force; Gianni Lopez of the Centro Mario Molina; and Alvin Mejias of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities.
The establishment of these targets was based on the adoption of a conceptual ‘toolkit’ produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Mr. Ellis said this offers a methodology for analysing vehicular emissions and providing possible solutions to fleet management issues.
He was introduced to the concept at a Clean Fleet Management Training seminar in Santiago, Chile, which was aimed at increasing awareness of the environmental and health impacts created by vehicle emissions. The leading motor club in Jamaica, in addition to its other operations, the JAA provides fleet management services for clients and for its own fleet of response vehicles.
“After completing the programme, I formulated a plan to implement the lessons I learned,” Mr. Ellis said. The initial fleet management objectives identified are: a reduction in air pollutant by 20 percent, a cut in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 10 percent and fuel savings of 10 percent.
“After using the UNEP toolkit to analyse the vehicles under our management, I was able to quantify our contribution to global vehicle emissions,” Mr. Ellis said. “I have also begun to pay close attention to the health impacts which are caused by our vehicular emissions, including pollutants such as carbon monoxide and particulate matter.”
A critical consideration is that the UNEP toolkit, “also shows us the tangible monetary savings which can result from taking better care of the environment,” he said. “The JAA has a total membership of 34,000, including other organisations which control fleets of vehicles, and we will be sharing the benefits of Eco Driving with them through a wider education programme.”
The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, together with Chile’s Centro Mario Molina, launched the UNEP Clean Fleet Management Approach in Latin America and the Caribbean with the first seminar in the region on 24-25th September in Santiago. Twenty-one public and private sector fleet managers from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica and Uruguay participated in the event.