Sustainability Plans for the Top 10 Fleet Companies

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Fleet Company Sustainability Efforts Part 1

Fleet companies are making efforts to ensure sustainability in their operations. XPO Logistics, UPS Freight, ABF Freight, YRC Freight, and Estes Express have made sustainability efforts in their quest to meet sustainability objectives.

XPO Logistics

UPS Freight

ABF Freight

YRC Freight

Estes Express

Research Strategy

In order to identify the sustainability efforts being made by listed fleet companies, the research team searched through the websites of individual fleet companies. The team further consulted industrial reports on sustainability trends and initiatives in fleet companies. From these resources, some sustainability efforts being made by these fleet companies include adopting advanced technology, using alternative sources of energy that are clean, formulating environmentally-friendly policies, and using technology to monitor carbon footprint to ensure that it remains flat.
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Fleet Company Sustainability Efforts Part 2

Among the three largest fleet owners are AT&T, PepsiCo and Comcast Corp. These companies aim to reduce carbon emissions by up to 30% and make changes to their fleet, including using alternative energy or using electric vehicles.

AT&T

Goals

  • Concerning fleet management, AT&T plans to reduce its fleet emissions in the US by 30%. In 2008, the baseline was established at "865,777 metric tons" emissions. Secondly, AT&T also plans to implement activities to better understand its GHG impact by devising a methodology that will measure how the greenhouse gases produced by AT&T Network are affecting the society.
  • AT&T also plans to reduce its emissions from "Scope 1 GHG" by 20% by the year 2020. The 2008 baseline is 1,354,054 metric tons" emissions. Finally, AT&T wants to enhance its operational efficiency. The aim is to achieve a "net-positive ratio" in its operational footprint as well as the carbon reductions that its technology makes possible for customers.
  • One of AT&T's overarching sustainability goals is to reduce carbon emissions ad simultaneously increase the efficient use and deployment of alternative energy. This will enable its customers to "lead more sustainable lives" through integrating sustainable solutions into the products, expanding technological access, and measuring any impact realized.
  • The second goal in relation to sustainability is to enable carbon savings of up to 10 times the footprint of its operations by 2025. This they plan to do by enhancing its network efficiency and providing "sustainable customer solutions."
  • Thirdly, AT&T's goal is to improve its environmental and social impacts by intertwining performance metrics from its sustainability efforts into their sourcing decision-making for as much as 80% of its spend.

Progress

  • AT&T has emitted less Scope 1 GHG emissions, as there has been a 4.6% reduction over 2017 taken them down to 1,019,696 metric tons of carbon in 2018.
  • The company also successfully reduced its fleet emissions by 26% to 638,189 metric tons of carbon in 2018. This reduction also represents a 7.5% year-on-year reduction since 2017.
  • AT&T has been actively working on its sustainability goals by working with third-party companies and customers to implement innovations such as energy metering, telecommuting, fleet logistics, and connected shipping. As a result, AT&T has developed a methodology and measures GHG impact.
  • In 2018, AT&T invested in nearly 820 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, thus making them one of the largest corporate purchasers in the U.S.

PepsiCo

Goal

  • At PepsiCo, there is no specific sustainability goal that deals with the fleet of vehicles, however, one relatable goal is to reduce GHG emissions by 20% by the year 2030. The baseline was established in 2015. This they will do through the fleet of electric vehicles that uses 100% renewable energy.


Progress

  • In 2018, PepsiCo reduced by 2.2 million metric tonnes, its "Scope 3 GHG emissions." This means that the company is 7% closer to its 2030 target.
  • Additionally, PepsiCo distributes its products in 200 countries where they encourage the use of carbon-efficient fleets.
  • PepsiCo has the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the region. Frito-Lay (a subsidiary), has a fleet of trucks that runs on compressed natural gas, therefore they produce less GHG emissions than regular gas. The company has also ordered 100 all-electric trucks from Tesla.

Comcast Corp

Goal

  • Comcast's goal in relation to fleet management and reducing carbon emissions is to eliminate the emissions from the tailpipe of its fleet. Their overarching long-term goal is to have zero emissions from its entire fleet, which includes over 30,000 Xfinity vehicles, including sedans, trucks, vans, and SUVs, plus those that support the TV and film production studios, theme parks, and news teams.

Progress

  • The company is already making progress towards this goal in several ways. They have installed software considered to fuel efficiency in approximately 17,500 cable trucks and vans and trucks from 2016 to 2018. The software improves the efficiency of the fuel used by approximately 6% as well as reducing emissions by nearly 1 metric ton per year per vehicle.
  • Comcast has installed new technology in its vehicles, telematics. This has been done in over 25,000 cable vehicles since 2018. Telematics collects then analyzes data, then report whether which vehicle needs maintenance, has low tire pressure or both. It will help the company in the future to reduce emissions by turning off vehicle engines, and other energy-saving activities.

Research Strategy

Three of the largest fleet owners in the US are AT&T, PepsiCo and Comcast Corp. This is according to Fleet Owner, an industry report compiled annually by Informa Business Media Inc. We choose the top three companies from the list, then researched their sustainability goals from their websites. During the research, we pulled only the only goals that address each company's carbon emissions reduction efforts as well as those relating to fleet activities.
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