SWACO has been designated an Ohio Green Fleet through the Clean Fuels Ohio’s statewide Ohio Green Fleets program. The Ohio Green Fleets program recognizes an organization’s fleet efficiency and environmental performance.
Designated an Ohio Green Fleet provides a community service by improving air quality and reducing Ohio’s dependence on imported petroleum.
SWACO earned the designation as a one-star Ohio Green Fleet. Fleets are evaluated based on policies they have implemented to reduce vehicle emissions and reliance on petroleum fuels.
In 2008, SWACO began the process of moving towards the reduction of the use of petroleum fuels by utilizing vehicles that rely on compressed natural gas (CNG).
More recently the CNG fueling station infrastructure has grown in Franklin County. As a result, SWACO has purchased and now operates 13 passenger vehicles, 2 front load trucks and 4 transfer trucks that utilize CNG instead of petroleum fuels.
SWACO has a phased-in plan to replace as many vehicles as possible in the future. The investigation of installing a CNG station is underway.
About Ohio Green Fleets Program:
Ohio Green Fleets is a comprehensive program designed by Clean Fuels Ohio to improve the environmental performance and efficiency of public and private fleets.
The Ohio Green Fleets program consists of three core components:
1.Direct consultation with fleet managers to develop a Green Fleet management plan tailored to specific organizational needs.
2.Hands on support and assistance with implementation, including assistance in seeking grant funding to reduce implementation costs.
3.Recognition of environmental leaders through a rating system that scores fleets based on measurable reductions in vehicle emissions and improvements in efficiency.
Clean Fuels Ohio has been running the Ohio Green Fleets program since 2008. As of 2015, the program as enrolled more than 600 fleets in the program and formally recognized 83 fleets as certified Ohio Green Fleets. These 83 certified Ohio Green Fleets have displaced a combined annual total of 15,074,241 gallons of petroleum and eliminated more than 1,942.65 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx), 134.53 tons of particulate matter (PM 2.5), 130.29 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and 165,871.15 tons of carbon dioxide.
About Clean Fuels Ohio:
Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) is a U.S. Dept. of Energy Clean Cities affiliated nonprofit dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles to improve the transportation sector’s economic and environmental performance. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.