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
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