Aug. 19, 2013
ARAMARK will use $99,000 of the award to convert nine route service vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG). Other organizations, including Suburban Transit Network, Lower Providence Township, Sustainable Waste Solutions, Lower Merion School District, King Limousine, and Delaware Valley Concrete, will also convert vehicles through the grant for the Montgomery County NGV Conversion Initiative, a project of Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities. The project partners further plan to support a new CNG fueling facility in King of Prussia.
ARAMARK recently joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities program. Through the partnership, ARAMARK will continue to explore and adopt alternative fuels and fuel economy measures to reduce petroleum use.
"We are honored to receive this grant and to be part of DOE's National Clean Fleets Partnership," said Vice President of Strategic Fleet Operations Kevin Fisher. "We continue to research and invest in alternative fuel vehicles, technologies, and programs to increase energy efficiency and reduce our carbon emissions. This partnership provides tools and resources to help us identify and evaluate cost-effective strategies to be more environmentally friendly."
Through the partnership, DOE helps industry leaders reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets and accelerate adoption of energy-efficient vehicles by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations. DOE provides technical resources, current data, and expert analysis. The partnership also coordinates outreach and education about clean transportation strategies.
In 2011, ARAMARK deployed 78 hybrid electric vehicles in its ARAMARK Uniform Services (AUS) fleet, with assistance from a $2.7 million Maryland Clean Cities grant. AUS also put in place a route-optimization program, which used routing software and GPS devices to identify the most efficient and effective routes, saving time, vehicles use, and fuel.
Since then, ARAMARK has added more than 200 Ford Transit Connect vehicles to its fleet, which achieve nearly double the fuel economy of the larger, traditional vans they replaced. It is also working to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the fleet, testing propane-powered and electric vehicles, and converting vehicles to compressed natural gas. ARAMARK has also developed a total-cost-of-ownership approach to vehicle selection that allows its fleet managers to compare the lifetime cost of an alternative fuel vehicle to a traditional vehicle, and to take into account the vehicle's total environmental impact.
From November 2011 to April 2013, ARAMARK has increased overall mileage from 14.10 mpg to 14.46 mpg, and has decreased CO2 emissions by about 900,000 pounds. Fuel savings has increased by more than $700,000 and ARAMARK has reduced the average CO2 emissions per vehicle per month by 37 lbs.
DOE's Clean Cities program advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to cut petroleum use in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.