Larry Beaulieu, UPS East Region Automotive Manager, left, with VTCCC Coordinator Tom McGrath
On February 28, the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition held a stakeholder meeting titled “Clean Fleet Solutions,” with several speakers discussing the pursuit of fleet efficiency and alternative fuels.
Keynote speaker Larry Beaulieu, UPS East Region Automotive Manager, presented a fascinating overview of national and international UPS fleets. Highlights of the presentation included everything from the company’s ranking in the top 20 nationally for airline fleet size to their use of bicycle transportation in remote tropical locations. Beaulieu also described the many efforts of the company in improving their efficiency and fuel consumption, from alternative fuel use, anti-idling efforts, safety measures, and use of telematics, which provide extensive data. These and other efforts by the company have led to annual petroleum fuel consumption reduction of 3 million gallons and 30 million miles reduced from vehicle miles traveled. The presentation made it very clear that UPS is constantly evaluating, at the national and local level, how they can improve efficiency. UPS is a member of the Clean Cities National Clean Fleet Partners.
Also presenting at the event was James Mullowney of Vermont Gas Systems. He profiled the Vermont Gas vehicle fleet. Mullowney shared information on their successful implementation of natural gas vehicles (NGV) for service vans and passenger cars.
Peter Bourne of Bourne’s Energy spoke about his company’s new biodiesel initiative, detailing the implementation of a new biodiesel blending facility in Morrisville, VT. With the new facility, customers now have access to biodiesel blends ranging from B5 to B-99 (5 to 99 percent biodiesel, blended with petro-diesel) for both home heating and on-road use.
VTCCC Coordinator Tom McGrath gave an update detailing the coalitions inclusion in the Northeast Clean Cities Coalitions’ Project: “Removing Barriers, Implementing Policies, and Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets in New England.” The project includes barrier reduction initiatives, market development and outreach initiatives, drafting model policy language, working with MPO’s, and safety and training workshops.