FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 071216
City of Long Beach Vehicle Fleet Ranked 12th Best in U.S.
The City of Long Beach fleet was recently ranked the 12th best government fleet in the United States, according to Government Fleet Magazine Leading Fleets 2016 competition.
“We are extremely proud of our fleet, especially because we’re continuously lowering our carbon footprint and becoming even more efficient,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
The award recognizes fleets that are performing at a high level, particularly in leadership, competitiveness and efficiency, planning for the future, and overcoming challenges.
“Our award-winning fleet staff provide cost-effective, environmentally friendly maintenance and transportation services, involving everything from police cars to boats, helicopters, and refuse trucks,” said Dan Berlenbach, Fleet Services Bureau Manager.
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 liquid 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 liquid natural gas (LNG) for its street sweepers. In October 2015, street sweepers and refuse trucks transitioned to using RNG as a fuel source. RNG, also known as biomethane, is a substantial improvement over LNG’s already impressive environmental benefit, as it represents the recycling of carbon that is already circulating in the environment.
The City’s fleet was recognized for its high performance at the annual Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) last month. 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.