Bri­tish-based fleet man­age­ment plat­form provider Chevin Fleet So­lu­tions’ new vis­ual en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port­ing ‘Eco-la­bel’ fea­ture is made for to­day’s cli­mate

Bri­tish-based fleet man­age­ment provider Chevin Fleet So­lu­tions’ new vis­ual en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port­ing ‘Eco-la­bel’ fea­ture is made for to­day’s cli­mate

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CON­SOL­I­DAT­ING BIG DATA

RID­ING THE CHANGES

TRACK­ING EMIS­SIONS

el­e­ments across a fleet, from HR to risk man­age­ment to em­ployee in­duc­tion, and now to emis­sions re­port­ing, to be col­lated and re­ported in one sys­tem. It’s not one size fits all, it’s all sizes fit one.

Of course you can’t just take the man­u­fac­turer’s word for it, ei­ther. Man­u­fac­ture-stated CO2 can dif­fer vastly from ac­tual CO2. Eco-la­bel al­lows you to re­port the real read­ing.

But it’s al­most more im­por­tant to be track­ing your ni­trous ox­ide emis­sions, be­cause that’s where our city-cen­tre pol­lu­tion comes from.

So get­ting an ac­cu­rate break­down of what’s com­ing out of your ve­hi­cles is es­sen­tial in to­day’s cli­mate.

SEE­ING IS BE­LIEV­ING

How many times have you ex­pe­ri­enced in­for­ma­tion over­load, where waves of data wash over your head with­out ever sink­ing in?

The way in­for­ma­tion is pre­sented is closely linked to how well we un­der­stand it. Give some­one a bunch of fig­ures and the key mes­sage is less likely to be ab­sorbed than if that per­son was shown a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the data. It’s this think­ing that has gone into de­vel­op­ing Eco-la­bel’s vis­ual model.

Sowerby says Chevin has spent con­sid­er­able time re­search­ing the best way to con­vey in­for­ma­tion.

“We’ve done ex­am­ples where we’ve pre­sented a re­port stat­i­cally, for ex­am­ple say­ing to some­one, ‘Here’s your fuel per kilo­me­tre,’ and then we’ve done the same re­port with some graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tors – or la­belling – and ab­sorp­tion of in­for­ma­tion is dra­mat­i­cally higher with the graph­ics. Num­bers on their own rarely mean any­thing to peo­ple; you be­come num­ber blind.”

Hav­ing emis­sions data dis­played in graphic for­mat means a clearer pic­ture emerges faster.

PRES­SURE FROM ABROAD

With Aus­tralia’s ve­hi­cle emis­sions reg­u­la­tions so far be­hind Europe it’s tempt­ing to see en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port­ing as be­ing re­dun­dant. But even if Aus­tralia has been slow on the up­take, it’s in­evitable we will even­tu­ally need to catch up.

As it stands, al­ready many fleet busi­nesses have their head of­fice in Europe or the US. It’s this pres­sure from multi­na­tional own­er­ship to con­form to cor­po­rate re­port­ing re­quire­ments that may just force the hand of lo­cal op­er­a­tors. An­other key ad­van­tage in hav­ing an ac­cu­rate, easy-to-read plat­form for en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port­ing is that you can be ready for leg­isla­tive changes when they do come.

“It’s about try­ing to plug in to all those driv­ers,” Sowerby says. “We give peo­ple the tools, we can’t make them use them.”

But with the way things are go­ing it will be a brave fleet man­ager who ne­glects to pick up the tools.

MEET­ING FU­TURE HEAD-ON

Some­times it takes a bold state­ment to drive home how mas­sively things are go­ing to change. The UK gov­ern­ment has an­nounced they are go­ing to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. It sounds dras­tic, but Sowerby reck­ons if any­thing it’s an un­der­state­ment.

“If you look at the pace of de­vel­op­ment with elec­tric ve­hi­cles that’s al­most like say­ing we’re go­ing to ban steam-pow­ered ve­hi­cles by 2040. By the time 2040 comes round it [petrol and diesel] will be such a non-en­tity.”

He’s also pre­dict­ing shared ve­hi­cles and pub­lic trans­port to ben­e­fit from re­duced pri­vate car own­er­ship, par­tic­u­larly as in­ter­net in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity spreads. When it comes to trans­port, an at­ti­tu­di­nal change will see think­ing re­volve around mo­bil­ity rather than own­er­ship. “If there were car share ve­hi­cles on every cor­ner it would trans­form mind­sets.”

Pub­lic trans­port will need to keep up if it is to thrive, but Sowerby says the in­dus­try is on the right track with re­cent im­prove­ments in de­liv­ery.

“Pub­lic trans­port is be­com­ing more and more con­nected with things like real-time track­ing and signs dis­play­ing con­stantly up­dated time of ar­rival of your next bus.”

Times may be chang­ing, but one cer­tainty is that en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port­ing is set to shoot up the list of pri­or­i­ties for fleet man­agers, and those who are ready will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion than those who aren’t.

Pub­lic trans­port is be­com­ing more and more con­nected

Above: Eco-la­bel is a fea­ture that runs within FleetWave, Chevin’s flag­ship fleet man­age­ment sys­tem Op­po­site: Chevin man­ag­ing direc­tor Ash­ley Sowerby

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