It Only Takes 10 Minutes to Make a Difference
10 minutes per day. That’s all it takes to make a huge difference for the environment.
In 2014, ITC implemented a Fleet Vehicle Idle Policy designed to reduce operational costs, decrease adverse environmental impacts, and further ITC’s commitment to responsible business practices by reducing idling by 10 minutes per day per vehicle. The policy applies to all light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and off-road equipment. The result? In the last year, ITC has reduced excessive idles (defined as events greater than 30 minutes) by about 50%, thereby reducing diesel fuel consumption by more than 10,000 gallons.
All vehicles emit chemicals and particulates that are harmful to human health in the course of normal operation. Reducing idle time greatly decreases the amount of dangerous emissions, which increase the overall environmental performance of the company and decreases harmful environmental effects to the public and employees.
We understand that we cannot eliminate all idles, but we can aim to eliminate the unnecessary idling of our vehicles. Some vehicles require the engine to run in order for certain ancillary equipment to operate, such as the boom/bucket on a bucket truck. Essentially, every effort should be made to limit idling.