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City of Hamilton: Silver-Rated Fleet (2007)


"The Public Works Department is extremely pleased to receive this award. We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and we hope that we can inspire other municipalities to transition their fleet to greener alternatives as well."

— Scott Stewart, General Manager of the City of Hamilton's Public Works Department (2007)

Photo: City of Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger (left) and Fleet Manager Chris Hill (centre) accept a Silver Rating award in 2007. Hamilton East MPP Andrea Horwath was on hand to offer congratulations.

In May 2007 the City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department earned the first-ever E3 Fleet Rating.

Between 2005 and 2006, City of Hamilton fleets increased fuel efficiency by 5% for every kilometre travelled, and decreased greenhouse emissions by 2% per kilometre. The City’s Silver Rating was based on these accomplishments and best management practices, including:

  • a green fleet management plan
  • an idling reduction program for employees
  • introduction of hybrid cars within the light-duty fleet
  • right-sizing of vehicles and elimination of vehicles that are used infrequently
  • tracking of fuel consumption data for each vehicle, and using weekly and monthly exception reports to resolve problems quickly
  • more frequent replacement of high-use vehicles — such as bylaw enforcement vehicles —  to reduce operating costs and emissions
  • use of alternative fuels
  • better route and trip planning to minimize the number and length of trips.

“The City of Hamilton can be proud of its fleets,” said Chair Charles Jago for the Fraser Basin Council in announcing the award. “They have been quick out of the gate to meet E3 Fleet criteria and capture a Silver Rating. It’s an impressive accomplishment, and we expect other public and private sector fleets to step up to the challenge.”

In 2009 the City of Hamilton also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Fleet Challenge Ontario. The City was praised for having adopted one of the first-ever green fleet plans, which served as a model for others, and for promoting new technologies – an example being “Green Fleet Expo,” launched in partnership with the City of Toronto. 

E3 Fleet Partners

The E3 Fleet program reflects the commitment and expertise of many people, including some of the country’s most innovative fleet managers. All have a common passion – to see Canada’s fleets take a cleaner, green road to the future.

The Fraser Basin Council launched E3 Fleet in 2006 in cooperation with Climate Change Central (Alberta) and Fleet Challenge. Since October 2016, the program has been managed by Richmond Sustainability Initiatives (RSI).

The E3 Fleet Charter members were also pivotal to its success: Auto-Gas Propane, BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Environment, City of Coquitlam, Corporation of Delta, Enbridge, City of Hamilton, Hydro One, City of Kelowna, Township of Langley, District of Maple Ridge, City of North Vancouver, Novex Couriers, City of Prince George, District of Saanich, University of BC and Municipality of Whistler. We’ve enjoyed the journey so far, and it’s only just begun. Join us!

E3 Fleet in Brief

E3 Fleet is a Canada-wide program that helps public and private sector organizations green up their vehicle fleets.

E3 Fleet offers information and tools to help you increase fuel efficiency in your fleet, reduce harmful emissions, manage expenses, and incorporate new technologies, fuels and best management practices. We offer Fleet Review and Fleet Rating, unique opportunities for you to boost fleet performance and receive recognition for that achievement.



In October 2016 Richmond Sustainability Initiatives (RSI) assumed management of the E3 Fleet program from the Fraser Basin Council. RSI is recognized for its work on green transportation and green building projects across North America and is host to Fleet Challenge.

Reach Us

For more information on Fleet Challenge and the E3 Fleet Standards program, contact:

Roger Smith
Executive Director
Fleet Challenge and E3 Fleet Program

T: 416 418-9931

Jana Cervinka

Director, Communications and External Relations
T: 954 299 5885