Anti-idling initiative pays off for Toll


Toll-IPEC’s quest to cut diesel consumption has been recognised, with the company receiving an environmental award for its efforts

Toll-IPEC’s involvement in an industry-government initiative to cut diesel consumption has been recognised, with the company receiving an environmental award for its efforts.

The Australian Fleet Managers Association presented the 2008 Environmental Award to Toll-IPEC following its involvement in an Australian-first trial with Western Australia’s Department of Environment and Conservation.

The trial worked with Toll-IPEC drivers to reduce unnecessary idling by introducing behavioral changes to get drivers into the habit of turning off their engines while waiting for lengthy times in queues.

Following an evaluation, the department found a company with 80 drivers participating in the program can save $45,000 in diesel per year, as well as reduce carbon emissions by 65 tonnes.

The trial was so successful a program is being rolled out across the transport industry, with Toll-IPEC now implementing the anti-idling initiative across its national fleet.

In accepting the award, Toll-IPEC’s Western Australian state manager Kenton Muller thanked the employees who volunteered to take part in the trial.

"They were terrific in their involvement and support," Muller says.

Muller says Toll-IPEC is looking at a number of ways to run a productive fleet, saying the trial is one example of what fleet operators can do to reduce consumption and emission levels.

The CleanRun initiative is currently being offered for free to fleet-based businesses and organisations in the Perth metropolitan area.

The department expects to expand the program to include other state capitals.

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