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Hydro One: Gold-Rated Fleet (2010)
As we manage our fleet programs and customer service initiatives, our employees continue to place the first priority on safety and environmental stewardship.”
In January 2010, Hydro One became the third Canadian fleet to earn an E3 Gold Rating.
Hydro One’s Gold Rating was based on the reduction of 156,675 KG of carbon dioxide through reduced fleet idling, a tire smart campaign, use of hybrids, the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles as well as an overall reduction in consumption of gasoline and diesel fuel.
All aspects of Hydro One’s fleet management strategy were assessed in the E3 Review and Rating, and this involved 6,000 pieces of equipment, ranging from ATVs to helicopters.
E3 Fleet found that Hydro One has reduced fuel consumption by ensuring all drivers learned and followed environmentally friendly driving practices as well as defensive driving techniques. New initiatives to minimize idling included remote starts from the lift bucket for aerial manlifts, so that the vehicle chassis could be shut down when manlift movement was not required.
Other green initiatives include onboard collection and analysis of vehicle data through GPS, and use of mapping technologies to choose more efficient routing. In addition, when equipment requires repairs, mobile mechanics are sent to the vehicle itself, or the vehicle is taken to a satellite work centre, to minimize travel time and associated vehicle emissions.
"Hydro One’s environmental plan includes a green fleet action plan, and I am pleased that our efforts as a company to reduce emissions and become even more environmentally efficient in day-to-day operations have been successful,” said Laura Formusa, President and CEO, Hydro One when the rating was announced.
Hydro One delivers electricity to homes and businesses across Ontario. It owns and operates Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 123,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.
For more information, visit www.hydroone.com.