EPA MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO LIKELY REGULATION OF GREENHOUSE GASES
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent its final greenhouse gas (GHG) endangerment finding to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a 90-day review and approval. Click here and there more about GHG. The agency’s action follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in April 2007 finding that GHGs are pollutants. What would this mean to your fuel management? Good question. Since a company that operates a fleet of trucks emits greenhouse gas it should be a concern. We have talk with government staff about fuel planning and what effects it could have on fleet fuel buying. Most suspect that there could be an additional tax put on fleet fuel, like diesel fuel and gas. This is Cap and Trade that has been talked about in the news.
As the next step, EPA must determine whether such pollution endangers human health or welfare. In its April 2009 Proposed Rule, the agency found that GHGs endanger both human health and welfare, and that emissions from new motor vehicles are contributing to the mix of heat-trapping gases. We believe it won’t hit your fleet management for a few more year but do believe it is coming.
What can your fleet do to protect its fuel planning and fuel management now is to plan well. Start considering what size trucks you are buying, consider taking a step forward by using bio fuels such as bio diesel, make sure your trucks are not idling longer than they have to and improve route efficiency as part of your fleet management to reduce the number of miles that you run. These are just a couple of fuel management tips on this topic. As things move down the road farther we will be sure to keep you update.