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Green State Fleet Project

Organization(s) New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
Project Description Governor's Executive Order 2005-4 calls for a 10 percent energy use reduction across all State agencies. As part of this initiative, the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP) is conducting the Green State Fleet Project with a supporting goal of 10 percent fuel efficiency increase and 10 percent in emissions reductions in state agencies' fleets. In 2005, NHPPP and Department of Administrative Services developed a new vehicle purchase policy that requires minimum fuel standards for all new vehicles. In March 2006, the first report on new vehicle purchases was provided to NHPPP. Each new vehicle purchase was accompanied by the surplus of an older, less efficient vehicle.

During August 31, 2005 until March 31, 2006, when the State's new vehicle purchase contracts expired, 56 older vehicles were replaced with new vehicles. On a yearly basis and driving equal miles as the older cars, the 56 new cars will provide reductions of: 41,702 pounds of CO2; 422 pounds of CO; 12 pounds of NOx; 223 pounds of particulates; and 15 pounds of hydrocarbons.

Although the new vehicles purchased have improved fuel efficiency, budget constraints precluded the purchase of highly-efficient hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight. Further, the policy was only in effect for seven months after which state agencies were free to purchase any vehicle, regardless of efficiency. The NH Department of Administrative Services is presently formulating new contracts but will continue to implement the fuel efficiency requirements once they are in place.

 
Project Contact
Name Sarah Johnson
Phone 603-271-6460
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Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Industrial Sectors Fleet Vehicle Maintenance
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 16 No. 2, Fall 2006 [PDF]

 

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