NAFA Fleet Management Association, in conjunction with CALSTART, unveiled a four-tier rating system that evaluates fleets based on their environmental performance against world-leading goals, the first of its kind. The program was designed to bring clarity, definition, and recognition to what sustainability means for fleets. The program is set to become an industry standard for recognizing concrete improvements in reducing emissions, increasing fuel efficiency, and reducing fuel use.
“With this new program, fleets will be able to measure, manage and improve. Fleets start at any level of activity – the point is to start down the path: first by base lining where they are, then by validating their progress, and finally, by benchmarking themselves against rigorous standards and the actions of their peers,” said Bill Van Amburg, CALSTART Senior Vice President. “It is the new measure of fleet sustainability.”
NAFA’s Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program directly complements the DOE National Fleet Partnership program, and other federal efforts, by setting meaningful sustainability targets and recognizing fleets for real results in achieving them. NAFA, in collaboration with CALSTART, announced the launch of its Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program at its Institute & Expo (I&E) conference in Orlando.
The NAFA standard can be applied to fleets of all sizes and types ranging from passenger cars to Class 8 big rigs. CALSTART provided technical assistance and worked with NAFA to develop the standards. CALSTART will continue to work with NAFA to manage and implement the program on an on-going basis.
“The environmental and rating system for buildings known as LEED has established some clear guidelines and encouraged strong voluntary action in the built environment. We hope these standards have a similar impact on the fleet sector,” said CALSTART President and CEO, John Boesel.
To learn more, or to join the program, visit www.NAFASustainable.org.