Fuel economy training courses are a way for companies to set themselves apart from competitors and increase the sustainability profile of an automobile manufacturer. The fuel economy trainings offered by Volkswagen/NABU (a German environmental protection organization) yield an average fuel consumption reduction of 13% for all participants and up to 25% in the best cases. Click here to read more…
In 2005, Alexander Petroleum became concerned at the growing number of speeding exceptions and the high levels of fuel consumption they were seeing in their fleet of fuel tankers. As a result they introduced driver best practice systems to see if they could improve the performance of the company. The system had four components comprising:…
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General Electric (GE) applies Lean manufacturing methods in its businesses – both manufacturing processes and transactional situations. Recently, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions became a major target for some of the lean activities undertaken by the company. GE’s plant in Peebles, Ohio, is a leader within the company in applying lean to address GHG emissions. The Peebles facility is a jet engine test facility that spans 7,000 acres of woodland and runs tests in the open air.
The amount of testing conducted at Peebles is directly related to the amount of business airlines are doing, and recently the aviation business has been on an upward trend. In the case of Peebles, more engine testing means more jet fuel consumption, which leads to an increase in GHG emissions. As such, Peebles has focused on finding ways to continue growing in business while managing its GHG emissions, and these reductions have also resulted in significant cost savings. Click here to read more…
Case Studies about Renewable Energy Financing
Background: The 2004 Puebla Declaration directed the Article 10(6) Working Group to develop a Strategic Plan on Trade and the Environment. In October 2005, the Article 10(6) Working Group agreed to include in the Strategic Plan a priority area related to renewable energy. In the program plan for 2005, it was envisaged that CEC would prepare a document describing best practices in financing small-scale renewable energy projects. The CEC conducted a literature review of existing documents on the topic that was presented to the REEC at the first annual meeting on November 21 in Washington, DC. It was then decided that the existing information was not sufficient to provide stakeholders with how to best finance these small projects in North America.
Financing Renewable Energy: Most renewable energy systems differ from conventional energy in terms of their cost structure: while energy systems based on fossil fuel generally have moderate or low up-front capital costs, but high operating costs due to their fuel consumption, renewables generally have no fuel costs (sunlight, wind, geothermal heat etc.), but require a fairly high initial investment. Being risk-adverse, the financial community has initially been reluctant to invest in emerging renewable energy technologies. Yet, policies in the leading countries in Europe, Japan, the United States and India, to name a few, have led to wind and solar emerging as the leading types in new electricity generation capacity in recent years, with double-digit annual growth of the industry. According to the Worldwatch Institute,1 global investment in renewable energy hit a record $30 billion in 2004, accounting for 20–25 percent of all investment in the power industry.
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— John du preez, sAles director At efleet.
Fuel is getting more and more expensive. There is no doubt that this reality is biting hard for the South African consumer, since the cost of fuel is linked to the price of just about everything that has to be transported. Dire though the situation may be, entrepreneurial South Africa company eFleet provides a solution which leverages the value contained in information to improve efficiency and reduce consumption of this now precious commodity.
John du Preez, Sales Director at eFleet, points out that any business which operates a fleet and which is not managing its fuel consumption very carefully, is literally throwing money away.“With the high fuel costs, smart company directors are looking for ways to cut out costs related to logistics to remain competitive and profitable. Information is key to achieving this goal where fleets of vehicles are concerned,” he says. However, harnessing that data has proven to be more easily said than done in the field, where, as du Preez explains, traditional methods rely on manual inputs from drivers. Click here to learn more about eFleet