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EM Rolls Ahead of DOE Goals to Trim Vehicle Fleet Inventory

March 12, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Workers use this mobile survey vehicle in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act work at the Hanford site to survey remediated areas for radiological contamination.

Workers use this mobile survey vehicle in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act work at the Hanford site to survey remediated areas for radiological contamination.

WASHINGTON, D.C. EM exceeded a DOE goal to reduce its vehicle fleet inventory, advancing the Department’s broader initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decrease petroleum consumption across the complex. 

With a 45 percent cut to its fleet in fiscal year 2012, EM beat the Department’s goal of a 35 percent drop by fiscal year 2013 a year early.

A primary contributor to DOE’s fleet, EM has shed more than 500 vehicles since accepting the 2011 challenge to reduce the DOE fleet by 35 percent in three years, as detailed in a memo by Energy Secretary Steven Chu titled “Management of Fleet Inventory.” The reduction has lowered EM's costs for vehicle leasing, fuel and maintenance by more than $2 million.

EM’s Office of Deactivation & Decommissioning and Facility Engineering developed the plan to reduce EM’s fleet. The office has worked closely with EM field sites and contractors to meet the targets for a leaner vehicle fleet inventory.

The pursuit of a strategic planning goal to reduce the legacy footprint by 90 percent by 2015 has also helped EM’s success with fleet reduction targets. A smaller footprint means fewer cleanup activities requiring vehicles. EM also trimmed hundreds of vehicles from its inventory with the completion of the majority of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program work in 2011.

A diverse fleet supports EM’s legacy radioactive waste cleanup work. Primarily located at the Hanford and Savannah River sites, the fleet includes passenger vehicles, pickup and heavy-duty trucks and special-purpose vehicles.

The DOE effort is among the cost-effective fleet reduction practices implemented across the government to ensure federal agencies are leading by example in fuel efficiency and innovative technology, such as use of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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