Fleet efficiency solutions

Government fleet vehicles bring us services and help run the utilities we rely on every day. Government fleets present a large opportunity to reduce petroleum consumption.

Agency 2009 annual fleet fuel costs
Garfield County $692,597
Garfield Public Library District * $19,300
Town of Parachute $30,520
City of Rifle $100,700
Town of Silt $44,058
Town of New Castle $47,896
City of Glenwood Springs $172,712
Town of Carbondale $53,425
Garfield 16 School District $44,031
Garfield Re-2 School District $154,541
Roaring Fork School District ** $202,497
Garfield NECI TOTAL $1,562,226

* Garfield Public Library District did not own any vehicles in 2009. Fuel expenses represent mileage reimbursements rather than actual fuel purchases.
** Roaring Fork School District figures exclude costs associated with
schools in Basalt.

Click here for Garfield NECI Efficient Fleet policy guidelines

Recommended actions

Using these recommendations, Colorado state government reduced fuel consumption by 11 percent in FY 2008-09 compared to the FY 2006-07 baseline. Colorado state government is well on its way to meet the state Climate Action Plan target of a 25 percent reduction by 2012.

Take a closer look at the order of recommended actions. Note that energy efficiency measures come first, before renewable energy measures.

Cost-effective strategies usually start with low-cost energy efficiency improvements and then move to renewable energy, such as biofuels.


Fleet Efficiency Workshop; CNG Workshop
April 13, 2012

Archive of presentations and meeting materials

Vehicle Fleets workshop

Vehicle Fleets in the Clean Energy Economy workshop
Feb. 5, 2010

Archive of presentations and meeting materials

In this section

Reducing fuel consumption cuts carbon emissions and saves money. These pages offer proven means to reduce fuel consumption in government fleets.

Carrying out recommended actions

Example green fleet policies

Real-world examples of fleet efficiency:

EXAMPLE 1: Use electric or smaller gas-powered service trucks

EXAMPLE 2: Purchase efficient tires for passenger vehicles

EXAMPLE 3: Purchase hybrid passenger vehicles


Transportation Case Studies

How Eagle County cut fleet costs and fuel consumption

Nitrogen is nifty for holding tire pressure

Compressed Natural Gas: Hatching the egg on the Western Slope

Retrofitted school buses save fuel, electricity, time, emissions