While the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences around the world, hitting a large number of people and businesses hard, it is interesting to see the positive impacts of this crisis and of lockdowns at scale. planetary. According to an article published in October by the weekly Nature, global CO2 emissions registered a sharp drop of 8.8% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period of the previous year.
Within the European Union, more than 20% of CO2 emissions are generated by road transport: this figure marked a real turning point in the awareness of the impact of mobility and initiated a collective desire to ” accelerate the implementation of a more sustainability-oriented model.
The key axes of sustainable mobility
Sustainable mobility is defined according to four pillars: safety, respect for the environment, efficiency and accessibility. As the Climate Change Conference (COP) underlined, investing in innovation is not only necessary for businesses: it is essential for the development of humanity.
Fleet management and monitoring meet the requirements of sustainable mobility with, for example, the optimization of assets which contributes to reducing the number of vehicles in circulation. Rearranging trips so that a technician or driver is assigned missions closer to where they are at any given time reduces the number of hours spent on the roads and increases efficiency. Likewise, we estimate that 10% of the vehicles that make up a fleet are underused or partially filled at a time “t”. It is therefore essential to use vehicles and drivers more efficiently.
Respect for the environment requires greater sustainability, beyond the simple objective of compliance. A change of driving mode can easily reduce fuel consumption by 5 to 10%, thus improving the efficiency of large fleets while reducing the impact of their emissions. Fundamentally, the mobility of goods and people must become safer. In addition, various elements contributing to eco-driving – avoiding sudden acceleration and braking or maintaining your vehicle regularly – help improve safety.
Connected and sustainable mobility: what impact on the economy?
A sustainable mobility strategy is not developed by ticking boxes highlighting a company’s commitment to environmental protection. It must be experienced and adopted at all levels of the company. In turn, the various aspects of sustainable mobility will naturally boost productivity: for example, vehicles are less far from the roads due to scratches and other minor injuries, the savings on fuel bills are on the rise and the company takes care of its reputation. Overall, sustainability goes hand in hand with the principles of increasing the efficiency of a vehicle fleet.
The importance of data collection and analysis
For fleet mobility to become more sustainable, companies must prevent accidents, control costs, increase productivity and limit their impact on the environment.
By definition, the vehicles attached to a fleet are dispersed and their interconnection allows data to be collected. By collecting the information generated by the various vehicles of a fleet using a telematics system before consolidating and analyzing it, the fleet manager will more easily understand the overall impact of the company, but also the role of each individual within the system. This data can then be analyzed with regard to the assumptions of the sustainable mobility plan.
While the data provided by connected vehicles is an important resource, its value lies in the relevance of the usable information they contain. Businesses cannot just employ a high-tech solution to achieve their sustainable mobility goals. It is essential that man retains his place at the heart of the system.
Fleet management: a multiple challenge
A fleet manager must be able to use the data produced to make sound decisions and keep drivers safe. For their part, management teams need to be able to measure return on investment, and drivers must trust the initiative and understand that it is in their best interest. Experts in fleet monitoring solutions must transform data into relevant information and use it to provide instructions and recommendations that will improve business operations.
When it comes to customer service, it also helps to know where a delivery person is or to prove that a package was delivered on time and to the right address. We all spent half a day at home waiting for a package because the supplier couldn’t tell us exactly what time it would be delivered.
As an industrial activity, we owe it to ourselves to set an example in terms of sustainable mobility; to this end, telematics provides the information essential to fulfill this objective. By measuring the impact of entire fleets, connected technology helps managers make the right decisions.