On Friday, President Obama announced the creation of the National Clean Fleets Partnership.
The public-private partnership aims to assist large companies in reducing diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations.
AT&T (NYSE: T), FedEx (NYSE: FDX), PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), UPS (NYSE: UPS) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) are the charter members.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide specialised resources, technical expertise, and support under its Vehicle Technology Program’s “Clean Cities” initiative.
These charter members represent five of the nation’s 10 largest national fleets and collectively own and operate more than 275,000 vehicles. Together they plan to employ more than 20,000 advanced technology vehicles in the near term, which is expected to displace 7 million gallons of petroleum annually.
DOE is challenging other companies to join this important effort.
In 2008, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day. Last Wednesday, President Obama announced a goal of cutting that amount by one-third by 2025. On Friday, he visited a UPS facility in Maryland to announce the new Clean Fleets Partnership.
“If you’re a business that needs to transport goods, I’m challenging you to replace your old fleet with a clean energy fleet that’s not only good for your bottom line, but good for our economy, good for our country and good for our planet,” he said.
During Friday’s event, UPS’ new Chief Sustainability Officer Scott Wicker guided President Obama, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on a tour of UPS vehicles, including plug-in all-electric and compressed natural gas trucks. Other alternative fuel vehicles in the company’s fleet include hydraulic hybrids, electric hybrids, as well as propane and liquefied natural gas for heavy trucks.
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This article originally appeared at SustainableBusiness.com.
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