NAFA Teams with CALSTART to Develop Fleet Sustainability Program

NAFA is devel­op­ing a Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram, which aims to increase effi­cien­cy, while reduc­ing emis­sions and fuel use. Devel­oped in con­junc­tion with CALSTART, the NAFA Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram is one of its kind. With its devel­op­ment NAFA intends to pio­neer a move­ment in the fleet com­mu­ni­ty which empha­sizes the eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits and over­all impor­tance of sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

“The impor­tance of sus­tain­able prac­tices becomes more evi­dent each day,” said NAFA Pres­i­dent Claude T. Mas­ters, CAFM. “By becom­ing more ener­gy inde­pen­dent and effi­cient our mem­bers will extend ben­e­fits to their bot­tom line and their cus­tomer base.”

In Feb­ru­ary, 2014, Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma lent his voice to a nation­al vehi­cle sus­tain­abil­i­ty ini­tia­tive while NAFA was in the process of devel­op­ing their own. This con­flu­ence spoke to the promi­nence of the issue. NAFA’s devel­op­ment of this pro­gram exem­pli­fies its ded­i­ca­tion to devel­op­ing a stan­dard of fleet sus­tain­abil­i­ty. By apply­ing this stan­dard to fleets and vehi­cles of all sizes, NAFA is engi­neer­ing a pro­gram that has the pow­er to shift vehi­cle sus­tain­abil­i­ty stan­dards on a uni­ver­sal lev­el.

The pro­gram will allow mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions to assess how to enhance their prac­tices in a way that decreas­es their fuel depen­dence and emis­sions, while increas­ing the effi­cien­cy of their vehi­cles, improv­ing per­for­mance, and reduc­ing harm­ful pol­lu­tants. The abil­i­ty to assess and strip waste on this front will pave a road to improve per­for­mance and reduce harm­ful pol­lu­tants, while often also reduc­ing costs.

The new Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram is being designed for two pur­pos­es: to encour­age and make it easy for fleets to take the first steps, while also set­ting a strong frame­work to reward those fleets already tak­ing real action.  The pro­gram will be com­ple­men­tary to exist­ing fed­er­al pro­grams, but sets a stan­dard by which fleets can assess their progress. By insti­tut­ing this pro­gram NAFA hopes to lead the way for­ward into a more sus­tain­able, inde­pen­dent and effi­cient future.  CALSTART, a nation­al non-prof­it clean trans­porta­tion orga­ni­za­tion, is col­lab­o­rat­ing with NAFA to struc­ture the ground-break­ing pro­gram.

“NAFA’s cen­tral role in the fleet indus­try will help this pro­gram cre­ate a tip­ping point for sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion,” said John Boe­sel, Pres­i­dent and CEO of CALSTART. “We’re work­ing with NAFA to make sure the stan­dard is strong, but easy to use by any fleet, whether just start­ing out or far down the road on sus­tain­able oper­a­tions.”

More infor­ma­tion will become avail­able as the pro­gram approach­es imple­men­ta­tion. To ask ques­tions and become involved as a char­ter mem­ber of the pro­gram, please vis­it www.NAFASustainable.org

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