Named 2012 Sustainable Fleet Award Winner
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has received a NAFA Fleet Management Association
2012 Sustainable Fleet Award for its efforts to remake its 7,000 vehicle
U.S. fleet. Since 2006, the fleet has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions by 22 percent, normalized to sales, and fuel consumption eight
percent, despite an increase in the number of vehicles and total miles
The drive to reduce GHG emissions by the fleet aligns with Ecolab's
corporate goal to reduce U.S. GHG emissions per dollar of sales by 20
percent from the base year of 2006. Ecolab has incorporated
sustainability principles into a revised fleet policy, changed vehicle
models and measures and manages the fleet sustainability program overall
to meet both business and sustainability objectives.
"Our sustainability action plan included right-sizing the fleet and
redefining the optimal vehicle for business requirements," said Gayle
Pratt, director of Global Fleet, Ecolab. "We revised our fleet policies
to acquire more fuel-efficient vehicles, focusing on EPA-certified
SmartWay vehicles. We moved from large to intermediate to small
vehicles; and from eight- to six- to four-cylinder engines whenever
In addition, fleet drivers participate in surveys, eco-driver awareness
and safety training, and provide continuous feedback via a fleet web
portal. The fleet also implemented forecasting tools to determine how to
optimize fleet operations to achieve both business goals and the
company's overall sustainability goals.
From 2006 to 2011, Ecolab's U.S. fleet achieved:
A 22 percent reduction in GHG emissions, normalized to sales
An 18 percent improvement in average miles per gallon (MPG) per vehicle
A 12 percent absolute reduction in GHG emissions
An eight percent reduction in fuel consumed (1.4 million gallons)
while the number of vehicles grew one percent and total miles driven
increased nearly nine percent.
Pratt received the award today, on behalf of Ecolab's fleet, during
NAFA's 2012 Institute and Expo being held in St. Louis, Missouri.
With 2011 pro forma sales of $11 billion and
more than 40,000 employees, Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader
in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and
protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy
environments. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to the
food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in more
than 160 countries. For more news and information, visit www.ecolab.com.
About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is a
tax-exempt, not-for-profit, individual membership professional society
serving the needs of members who manage fleets of sedans, SUVs, trucks,
vans, public safety vehicles, buses, and a wide range of specialized
equipment for organizations across the globe. For more information visit http://www.nafa.org.
Roman Blahoski, 651-293-4385
Source: Ecolab Inc.
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