FTA Ireland have been doing a lot of work in the space of environmental management within commercial fleet operators over the last 10 years. The FTA Ireland TruckSafe™ and VanSafe™ standards focus on how commercial fleet operators are managing their fuel burn. It audits operational compliance in the areas of road safety, haulage operations, roadworthiness, working time and environmental efficiencies. As an operational compliance audit both TruckSafe™ and VanSafe™ are encouraging members to have sustainable and pro-active management systems in place. This has the added benefit for members by helping them reduce their carbon emission, reduce costs associated with fuel purchasing and aid their transition to alternative fuelling technologies whilst staying safe on the road. Members are required to submit a 3-year fuel efficiency and management plan as part of the annual audit. Litres used, and Kilometres driven are collected from members to the scheme each quarter. FTA Ireland members have saved over 2.5million litres of diesel fuel. This is the equivalent of over 7million Kg of CO2e .
May 2018 – EU CO2 Emission Standards
- The Commission is completing its agenda for a low-emission mobility system by putting forward the first ever CO2 emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles. In 2025, average CO2 emissions from new trucks will have to be 15% lower than in 2019. For 2030, an indicative reduction target of at least 30% compared to 2019 is proposed.
- At the request of members FTA Ireland convened a ‘Alternative Fuels’ working group in October 2018. This group initially will focus on CNG as an option for the HCV fleet operator.
- Object of the working group is to review benefits of alternate fuels – agree positives
- Barriers to adoption e.g.
- Uncertainty around price per unit
- Delay and Uncertainty around refuelling points
- Inability to resell fuel / electricity to sub-contractors
- Possible solutions
- Accelerate regulatory approvals and decisions
- Open stations faster