Greening Municipal Fleets
Reducing fuel consumption by municipal vehicles is one way that Massachusetts cities and towns can save money, while also helping the environment. However, reducing fuel usage by municipal fleets can be challenging. Vehicle fuel consumption on average represents ~20% of total municipal energy usage for towns involved in the MA DOER Green Communities program. However, vehicle fuel usage reductions have only represented 2% of all energy reductions achieved by Green Communities to date. This issue has presented particular challenges in small rural communities, where vehicle fuel usage can account for up to 35% of municipal energy usage.
In order to help municipalities cut costs and achieve greater fuel efficiency, Clean Energy Extension is conducting research to identify obstacles to fuel use reduction and compile information regarding how to overcome these challenges. The fact sheets below describe strategies and technologies that can be used to reduce vehicle fuel consumption in your city or town.