Fleet Facility Greening Initiatives

 

Fleet Facility Greening Initiatives

I am looking at some initiatives fleets have undertaken to "clean up" or improve their environmental footprint of their fleet facilities or operations in addition to the standard alternate fuels and Hybrids

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We recently built a new Fleet facility (Nicor Gas, Illinois) that incorporated several items to 'green' the operation. Our initiatives included prism sunlights in the roof (brings in 4 X's the ambiant light), hot water solvent tanks, radiant floor heat, variable speed motors on our compressor / monoxivents, and high efficiency bulbs in our fixtures. The list is not inclusive but does hit the highlights with regards to the facility. We will roll out some of these items to our older buildings as we move forward (when it makes sense).
Thinking ahead, we are looking at alternative fuels (CNG, electric, etc.) heavily but have yet to make a firm decision.

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Here is a good check list for starters from the CA Dept. of Toxic Substances Control. They administer a "green" fleet repair facility certification program that fosters use of shop best practices.

http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/Polluti.....cklist.pdf

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jpellissier said:

I am looking at some initiatives fleets have undertaken to “clean up” or improve their environmental footprint of their fleet facilities or operations in addition to the standard alternate fuels and Hybrids


Our newest facility has geothermal floor heat, solar roof panels, gas turbine generator, energy efficient lighting and motors, and all above ground vehicle lifts. Of all of these the only issue we have had is with the gas turbine generator. It's been high maintenance anf energy inefficient. We also run about 700 CNG vehicles consuming over 500,000 gallons of CNG and consume about 5,000,000 gallons of B5 biodiesel annually.

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On behalf of JPellissier at NV Energy:

I appreciate everyone's comments thus far and look forward to more input for other fleets.  Most of the comments thus far have been about the fleet building.  Are there other initiatives in the fleet operation that would improve the environmental footprint of the fleet, such as chemicals used, used/wasted oil, recycling, use of lead weights, or other.

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We set a plan to reduce GHG footprint by 15% by 2012 - consistent with California requirements.
Plan includes specific actions - reduce fuel usage, use biodiesel, increase use of CNG, purchase all CNG or hybrid sedans.
 
Fuel usage reduction is usually 3-5 % per year- Elements contributing include buying more fuel efficient vehicles, reducing idling, application of GPS to optimize routing, elimination of meter reading vehicles, and so forth. All elements of operations are taken into account.
 
Fuel types- part of the plan use B20 when price is favorable (it hasn't been too much) and to help meet Epact . Increase use of CNG
 
Miles driven- not used as a goals as many vehicles do a lot of work while idling. This is more of a goal for reimbursable miles driven.

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brymer said:

Post edited 7:39 pm - February 22, 2010 by Brooke Rymer


On behalf of JPellissier at NV Energy:

I appreciate everyone's comments thus far and look forward to more input for other fleets.  Most of the comments thus far have been about the fleet building.  Are there other initiatives in the fleet operation that would improve the environmental footprint of the fleet, such as chemicals used, used/wasted oil, recycling, use of lead weights, or other.


We have removed all lead weights from our locations and have been using steal weights for about a year now.

Two other initiatives the we have undertaken are:

We removed the HYD oil from our underground lifts and replaced it with sunflower oil

We have used a still to recycle the paint thinner in our paintbooth operations

All three of these have reduced our overall haz waste generation and exposure

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As part of our LEEDs work we are having the lighting changed out to fluorescent bulbs. These are also on timers and sensors that will turn the lights on or off as needed.

We are also in the process of trying different types of clean chemicals for lubricating or cleaning. The biggest problem is which ones are truely green and not just called that for more sales.

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Hey, we have switched to a laundered rag program, we use hydrophobic mops to recover any oil spilled prior to using the dry floor cleaning method Foor Cleanup, we use spray can puncture system to drain used spray cans and capture the contents, converted to corn husk floor absorbent and reduced the amount used, we have all trash sent to a municipal power station to convert to energy,  converting to 3M wheel weight system to eliminate lead wheel weights Wheel Weights, converting to the SmartWasher system to replace our solvent parts cleaners, plus the standard recycle all our used oil and antifreeze.  That’s all I can think of right now.