Fossil fuel emissions are some of the leading causes of climate change. Finding ways to eliminate or reduce our reliance on fuel can significantly change the course we’re on. And the trucking industry is one of many places we can start.
Adopting greener methods in trucking helps the environment, and it’s also cost effective and easy to do.
Explore all the ways the trucking industry can be eco friendly.
Performing Routine Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on your trucks is one way to make them eco friendlier. Why? Semitrucks have better fuel efficiency when they’re well-maintained, and they emit less carbon monoxide. Overall, diesel engines create less pollution because they’re more fuel efficient than gas trucks. Be sure to install diesel engine exhaust bellows on your fleets to lessen vibrations and fuel leaks, which can make your trucks perform better.
Recycling any food containers or other reusable waste is another way truckers can fight climate change. Reusable containers are the best alternatives, but they aren’t always practical or realistic. But you can collect paper and plastic products and drop them off at recycling stations; many truck stops have recycling bins. Truckers can also log their hours electronically to cut down on paper usage.
Idling in traffic can chew up tons of fuel and leave an avoidable carbon footprint. Plan routes ahead of time to find the shortest routes and to eliminate any detours due to getting lost. Planning your route can also include avoiding the times of day with the most traffic to reduce the amount of fuel you use.
Earlier this year, electric semitrucks became available in North America. These are especially valuable in urban areas with stop-and-go traffic; adopting electric trucks in major cities can significantly reduce fuel costs. Even though the initial cost of an electric truck can be high, the savings on fuel make them worthwhile investments.
Whether you take small steps such as recycling or more significant steps such as investing in an electric fleet, there are several ways the trucking industry can be eco friendly. You can do your part to fight climate change!
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