The Agency is dedicated to providing City Departments with comprehensive information on options for reducing the environmental impact of their fleet operations. To accomplish this, the Agency is committed to investigating new green vehicle alternatives, supporting local sustainable transportation initiatives, expanding markets for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, and seeking opportunities to reduce the City of Winnipeg’s impact on the environment.
The Greenhouse gas emissions from City vehicles were less in 2008 than 1998 levels. The City is committed to continuing this trend and is always looking for ways to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from its vehicle fleet.
Some of the key environmental initiatives the Agency is involved with include:
Winnipeg Fleet Management Agency owns approximately 50 hybrid sedans and SUVs. The Agency has more hybrid vehicles on order and continually monitors and assesses vehicle performance and fuel economy of the hybrid vehicles. To date, the vehicles have performed well in all seasons and have proven to be the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the fleet. The performance and efficiency data collected throughout the evaluation will allow the Agency to provide City Departments with advice and recommendations regarding the greening of their fleets.
The Agency continually investigates options that will help to reduce idling in City vehicles through means such as deploying technologies to monitor actual idling time in City vehicles, using new vehicle technologies to reduce idling and participating with the development of a City wide anti-idling directive that is currently in development.
An example of a technology deployment that the Agency is evaluating to reduce idling time is an evaluation on auxillary power units. The technology allows the vehicle’s heating, cooling and battery systems to continue to work while the engine is shut off, using 85% less fuel than if the vehicle were left on.
The City has also set automatic vehicle shut off times for some City vehicles to ensure they automatically shut off after a pre-determined amount of time.
Advanced Vehicle Technologies
The City of Winnipeg is evaluating a Plug In Hybrid Gas Electric Vehicle. The vehicle operates much like a conventional hybrid but has an extended battery range. What this means is that in a Province like Manitoba that has hydroelectricity, the vehicle will run on electricity most of the time and emit very little pollution.
The average fuel economy is stated to be 125 mpg. The Agency is participating in this evaluation in partnership with the Province of Manitoba and will be monitoring the actual fuel economy and performance of the vehicle in Winnipeg’s unique weather conditions.
The Agency recognizes the importance of fuel efficiency in City vehicles. By operating and employing fuel efficient vehicle solutions its saves the City money on fuel costs and reduces the amount of emissions from delivering essential City services. Some of the initiatives that the Agency has deployed to increase fuel efficiency in the City’s vehicle fleet include:
- The City has switched from gasoline to diesel fueled vehicles for some vehicle types. Natural Resources Canada states that diesel vehicles are 20% more fuel efficient than gasoline equivalents.
- Fuel Efficient vehicles are favored in City tenders and are part of the evaluation criteria for awarded a City vehicle tender. The end result is that more fuel efficient vehicles are purchased by City Departments.
- Tire Inflation is a priority. The Agency communicates to Departments the importance of ensuring tires are properly inflated to maximize fuel efficiency.
- The Agency provided a fuel efficiency guide to all City Departments to provide strategies on what a vehicle operator can do to improve fuel efficiency. A copy of the guide can be viewed by clicking here.
The Agency currently has a double sided paper policy, whereby all computers are set up to print double sided. The Agency also uses the most environmental paper around, which is 100% post consumer recycled, comes from sustainably managed forests, uses renewable energy like wind in the manufacturing process and uses non chlorine bleach.