Fuel Management

Allegheny County to Stick to 4-Cylinder Models

June 10, 2010

PITTSBURGH - Switching fleet vehicles to four-cylinder models is just one part of a recommended strategy to help decrease the county government's overall carbon emissions, energy consumption, and water usage by 20 percent by 2015.

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato issued an executive order after announcing the results of the Allegheny County Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report and Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive baseline inventory of the annual greenhouse gas emissions resulting from County government operations.

The report gathered all cost and utilization data related to energy, water consumption, vehicle fleet, waste hauling, and a variety of additional carbon and greenhouse gas-generating items, such as fuel tanks, fire suppression systems, and mechanical equipment.

The study found Allegheny County government produced approximately 77,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (eCO2) emissions in 2008, the baseline year for the inventory. To meet the County Executive's goals, that baseline will have to be reduced by 20 percent, or 15,000 tons, and reach a level of 62,000 tons or less by 2015. The largest source of emissions (86 percent) comes from operating the County's 139 buildings and facilities. The remaining sources of emissions are vehicles, water delivery systems, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, streetlights, and other small fugitive sources.

Among the recommendations in the report is to limit vehicle purchases to four-cylinder vehicles (or vehicles with similar or better fuel efficiency) as the county's fleet is retired. By replacing 33 vehicles with four-cylinder models, Allegheny County expects to save more than 2,800 gallons of gasoline and 28 tons of CO2 annually, the County stated on its Web site.

At gasoline costs of $3 per gallon, the move is expected to save the county $8,500 per year. The report also suggests replacing a portion of the county fleet with Zipcars and investing in hybrid vehicles.

The full report is available at www.alleghenycounty.us/alleghenygreen.


Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon will answer your questions and challenges

View All

Recent Topics

Do you insure your technicians personal tools? Do you have any policies in regards to technicians keeping a personal inventory of their...

View Topic

Hi everyone! Just wanted to remind you about fleetDOCs, our library of fleet-related documents. Users can upload any relevant fleet...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1055 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

Agreement whereby in a closed-end lease, usually a full maintenance one, as a strategic commitment to the concept of true partnering with the customer, the leasing company makes all components of the rental calculation known to the lessee.

Read more

Fuel Saving Strategies Survey

View our 2008 survey to benchmark your fleet's fuel and green strategies with other fleets.

Fuel Calculator

A managed fuel program can help you save time and money and gain control over the way you fuel your vehicles. Determine your potential savings by using our fuel calculator.
Launch Fuel Calculator 

Fuel Prices

U.S. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices.

Launch Fuel Prices