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Vehicle Monitoring Technology: Opportunities to Improve the Environmental and Economic Sustainability of a Ski Resort Fleet

By demonstrating the usefulness of in-vehicle engine monitoring technology, this paper demonstrates the potential to successfully reduce CO2 emissions that are generated by the operation of a ski resort fleet in Ontario, Canada. Baseline data was acquired on driving behaviour and engine idling to assess opportunities to achieve fuel efficiency and emissions reductions through the adoption of eco-driver training. Best practices from this project will be used as a model for additional ski resort operations, with the aim of improving the industry’s environmental performance throughout Canada. This is the first known study to quantify the relationship between the economic and environmental impacts of driver behaviour within a tourism setting, and represents a novel means for ski resort operations to enhance their environmental and economic sustainability through a measurable reduction in harmful vehicle emissions.

This paper was published in the 46th Annual Conference Proceedings of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (May 29-June 1, 2011). 

Authors:  Michelle Rutty, Lindsay Matthews and Tania Del Matto.