Together with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), UNEP’s Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) Clearing House organised specialised training on the use and implementation of the Clean Fleet Management Toolkit. The training was attended by Hungarian fleet managers, including the postal service and the Budapest municipality, and REC staff from 8 countries in the region. The event was sponsored by TNT, and the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM).
The toolkit was developed by UNEP-PCFV and TNT in 2006/2007. The toolkit contains a number of tools that, when used together, function to prepare both public and private vehicle fleet managers to (1) evaluate the impacts of their fleets on the environment and human health and (2) then develop a practical strategy for corrective and cost-effective action through a number of options (from eco-driving and improved maintenance through to clean fuels and advanced technologies). The toolkit takes fleet managers and those interested in learning about lowering emissions from road transport through a step-by-step system that is accessible to both the experienced and beginners in the field.
Mr. Turgut Yildiz, Country General Manager of TNT Express Turkey, shared the company’s results and savings (fuel and costs) once a clean fleet strategy was developed and implemented: 9% reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel cost savings of Euro 100k in the first 15 months of use – even as the fleet grew by 15%. Following the Toolkit’s successful application by the TNT fleet in Turkey, it is now being rolled out by the UNEP-PCFV in all regions where it is active, including CEE.
Further trainings have been held in Chile, Indonesia, Poland, Philippines, Slovenia and more are planned for 2010