The City of Long Beach Fleet Services Bureau has won another Green Fleet award. The City’s fleet was recently named one of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s Top 50 Green Fleets for 2016, for adopting green, sustainable practices, policies and technologies. Long Beach was one of only three recipients in California and one of only three cities nationwide to be recognized.
“We are doing everything we can to continuously lower our carbon footprint and become even more efficient,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our fleet is a great example of how we save energy, and save money in fuel costs.”
In July, the City’s fleet was ranked the 12th best government fleet in the United States
, according to Government Fleet Magazine Leading Fleets 2016 competition. The City’s fleet was also recognized as one of the Top 50 Government Fleets in North America for 2015, and was ranked the No. 1 North American Government Green Fleet in 2008.
“We use alternative and renewable fuels and a state-of-the-art fuel management and telematics system to make the City’s fleet as efficient and sustainable as possible,” said Dan Berlenbach, Fleet Services Bureau Manager.
The Top 50 Green Fleets list includes government, private, for-hire, vocational and delivery fleets.
More than half of the City’s new vehicles are alternatively fueled, and more than half of the City’s total fuel purchases in the last fiscal year were for renewable fuels.
The City of Long Beach recently converted its diesel and natural gas vehicles (more than 18 percent of its total vehicle fleet) to renewable fuels. By using renewable diesel and renewable liquefied natural gas (RNG), the City expects a reduction of more than 6,000 tons of carbon emissions a year. A total of 393 vehicles are powered by renewable fuels, out of 2,185 vehicles in the City’s fleet.
In 2003, Long Beach became the first city in the United States to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) for its street sweepers. In October 2015, street sweepers and refuse trucks transitioned to using RNG as a fuel source.
The City’s fleet was also recognized with the Civic Innovation Award for Operational Efficiency for its “Future Fleet” from the City’s Innovation Team in October 2016.