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Eco-driver training within the City of Calgary’s municipal fleet: Monitoring the impact

This article highlights eco-driving as an available policy option to reduce climate altering GHG emissions. Recognizing the need to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet operations, the City of Calgary is a leader in developing programs and policies that aim to reduce GHG emissions and associated pollutants resulting from the use of fossil fuels. Among local action taken against climate change, the City sought to quantify CO2 emissions reductions from their municipal fleet as a result of eco-driver training, with a specific focus on engine idling. Fifteen drivers from the Development & Building Approvals Business Unit had in-vehicle monitoring technology (CarChips®) installed into their vehicles as part of a three-phase research process. The results show that gasoline and hybrid vehicles decreased average idling between 4% and 10% per vehicle per day, leading to an average emissions decrease of 1.7 kg of CO2 per vehicle per day.

The four person research team responsible for this project is:

  • Michelle Rutty (University of Waterloo)
  • Lindsay Matthews (University of Waterloo)
  • Jean Andrey (University of Waterloo)
  • Tania Del Matto (My Sustainable Canada)

 

This article is published in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 24, October 2013, Pages 44-51, ISSN 1361-9209 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2013.05.006  (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1361920913000850)