PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 07, 2011 – Recently, the city council approved a tender for the delivering of sustainable bio-fuels in an effort to make a “Sustainable Sydney” by the year 2030. The Eco-Drive training program would enable staff members of the Council to obtain the skills and conduct to effectively lower emission levels to the lowest achievable levels.
The City’s vehicle fleet currently consists of 450 vehicles, more than 1000 drivers and plant items that use over 1,000,000 litres of fuel annually, releasing approximately 3,000 tonnes annually of carbon dioxide.
Drivers will gain awareness and understanding of the effects of climate change and the effect that vehicle emissions have on it. AlertForce succeeded over the eight (two of those submissions were considered ‘non-conforming’ and were thus immediately denied) tender submissions.
Tender submissions were reviewed based on elements such as; tender price, environmental management systems, quality assurance, demonstrated experience, occupational health and safety and the ability to meet the required objectives and suitability for the city.
“We are pleased with this opportunity to carefully, and effectively, train approximately 1000 staff (500 field workers and 500 office staff) and has been specially designed to reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel efficiency for the City of Sydney,” says Brendan Torazzi, AlertForce company founder.
The City has pledged to ensure that AlertForce adheres to the required performance principles by evaluating their performance against various performance indicators.
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The cost of motoring can have an impact on both our wallets and on the environment. The good news is that by using strategies to reduce our current vehicles’ impact on the environment, we can save money, too.
By adopting the principles of Eco Driving, you should be able to reduce fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and your likelihood of being involved in an accident. By adopting smooth and safe driving techniques, you can save on average 5-10% on your fuel bill.
The Golden Rules of Eco Driving
According to web site EcoDrive.org, you should:
- Change up a gear as soon as possible: Change up a gear when you hit 2,000 to 2,500 revs, to minimise internal friction in the engine
- Maintain a steady speed: Use the highest gear possible, driving with the lowest RPM
- Anticipate traffic flow: Look ahead to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. As well as a smoother driving or riding experience, it should lead to lower fuel consumption and even fewer accidents
- Decelerate smoothly: Take your foot off the accelerator when slowing down for a red light or a junction. Leave the car in gear and decelerate smoothly
- Check your tyre pressures frequently: Tyre pressures that are 25% too low increase rolling resistance by 10% and fuel consumption by 2%. And, of course, correctly inflated tyres have a longer life and provide a more comfortable ride and optimum roadholding.
Some More Ways to Save Fuel
Drive slower because at high speeds, air resistance and friction in the engine increase. Travelling at 50mph uses 15% less fuel than 70mph, and any speed over 45mph sees wind resistance and engine friction increase, leading to increased fuel consumption.
Take a look in your boot, back seat and foot wells. Are you carrying unnecessary weight such as unneeded tools (you don’t need your full toolkit in a heavy case – indeed you may decide to leave any on-the-move maintenance to your breakdown provider), clutter and luggage that has taken up residence in your car. All of these add to the weight of your vehicle and to the fuel consumption.
While you’re considering unnecessary weight, think about unnecessary drag, too. Roof racks, bike carriers and roof boxes all significantly affect your car’s dynamics, so increasing fuel consumption. Remove them if they’re not in use.
Turn off your engine if you’re stationary – in a serious traffic jam, while waiting for a level crossing or just sitting in a car park. There’s little point in using fuel when you’re travelling nowhere.
If you plan ahead, you can avoid congestion and road works. And try to keep your car for longer journeys, because a cold engine uses almost twice as much fuel as a warm one, while catalytic converters only become effective after five miles of driving.
A few simple steps such as these and a little driving skills refinement can help the planet and your pocket. Why not start applying them now?
Courtesy: Ezine Articles