One area, though, in which the public and private sectors are making strides is in educating drivers on how to cut down emissions. Sixty-eight percent of fleet managers are instructing their drivers on how their behavior, maintenance and vehicle selection can cut down on emissions. The survey found more managers in the public sector are working with their drivers than private sector managers are.
Fewer managers, though, have taken up what PHH Arval considers a key best practice: setting goals. Only 25 percent of those surveyed have greenhouse gas goals, and about 20 percent have miles per gallon goals.
Likewise, only 28 percent measure their greenhouse gas emissions, almost 65 percent don't, and under 7 percent don't know if their companies measure emissions.
The largest factor keeping the public sector from doing more to reduce the impact of its fleets is cost, but the biggest issue for the private sector is the lack of appropriate vehicles. Lesser issues include a lack of environmental and financial data.
Cost, though, is still a major factor for the majority in both sectors. Thirty-seven percent in the private realm and 39 percent in the public sector reported that cost is not a barrier and that they are finding savings in reducing emissions. A much smaller percentage in the private sector said cost is not a barrier even though they are paying extra to reduce emissions.