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Napa Valley Wine Country Tours Demonstrates Environmental Leadership

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

GRG Member-GoldNapa Valley, CA – Napa Valley Wine Country Tours, a chauffeured transportation company serving the greater California area, has designed a carbon reduction strategy aimed at achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from their fleet through fuel efficiency and the transition to new technologies.

As a Gold Member of Green Ride Global (GRG)- a firm that creates and implements environmental sustainability programs for the ground transportation industry – Napa Valley Wine Country Tours is committed to evolving operations toward environmental sustainability. Their environmental program includes the following:

• A comprehensive environmental policy that identifies and addresses the reduction of potential environmental impacts from all areas of business operations
• Environmental Management System
• Fleet GHG Inventory
• Ongoing measurement and monitoring of fleet GHG emissions
• Transition to the latest low-carbon vehicles and fuels
• Ongoing monitoring and enforcement of GHG emissions reductions including a responsible driving practice across the entire fleet
• Greening of the supply chain
• Fleet GHG emissions reporting

“We are very excited about setting our own “green” goals and implementing a better way to operate our business” says Sharif Steyteyieh, Proprietor of Napa Valley Wine Country Tours. “We are looking at everything from the products we use to the kind of vehicles we drive. Our company is committed to reducing our greenhouse emissions and giving our clients a cleaner option for their transportation. Napa Valley Wine Country Tours is dedicated to diminishing our carbon footprint and joining the culture of socially responsible corporations trying to make a better planet.”

Learn more about Napa Valley Wine Country Tours:

http://www.winecountrylimos.com/

Premier Transportation Reduces Carbon Footprint

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Premier Transportation Logo

Minneapolis, Minnesota – Premier Transportation is setting an example for responsible environmental performance among chauffeured service providers in the Minneapolis region.  The company is on track to realizing a 5 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2012.

Since December 2011, Premier Transportation has committed to environmental improvement through ongoing measurement and monitoring of fleet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the Green Ride Globalâ„¢ environmental sustainability program.

Premier Transportation has also improved its average fuel efficiency (MPG) by 3 percent in 2013 compared with its baseline year in 2012.

With the current trend, we anticipate Premier Transportation will to continue to excel in reducing their carbon footprint” says Elaine Tran, Program Manager at Green Ride Global.

Janet Cherrier, President of Premier Transportation, states “we are happy to assist our clients in greening their supply chain as an environmentally conscious transportation provider.

Premier Transportation has enforced responsible driving practices across their entire fleet and ensures their drivers are following safe and environmentally friendly driving behaviour like anti-idling and speed control. Other measures such as working from home and going paperless are also evident at Premier Transportation. Premier strives to reduce its impact on the environment in all areas of business operations.

LimousinesWorldwide.com Improves Environmental Performance in Q1 & Q2 2013

Friday, August 16th, 2013

LimousinesWorldwidLimousinesWorldwide.come.com has been a Gold member of Green Ride Global since July 2012. Since then, Green Ride Global has been tracking LimousinesWorldwide.com’s environmental progress by measuring their carbon footprint, fleet fuel efficiency, and fleet greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity.

Green Ride Global has seen an improvement in LimousinesWorldwide.com’s environmental performance in Q1 and Q2 2013 when compared with their baseline results in 2012. In particular, average fuel efficiency (MPG) has improved by 14%, while average fleet GHG intensity (CO2e/100 miles) improved by 12%. Figure 1 below illustrates LimousinesWorldwide.com’s fleet GHG intensity from the period January 2012 to July 2013. Thus far, GHG Intensity has decreased every month in 2013 relative to 2012’s GHG intensity.

“We are proud to see LimousinesWorldwide.com reducing their GHG intensity within the first two quarters of 2013” says Elaine Tran, Program Manager at Green Ride Global. “Green Ride Global is confident that LimousinesWorldwide.com will continue to reduce their environmental impact”. Luke Villanova, Vice President of LimousinesWorldwide.com, states that “environmental sustainability considerations are increasingly being integrated throughout our business operations. We believe that tracking our environmental performance is fundamental in ultimately reducing our impact on the natural environment.”

Figure 1 – LimousinesWorldwide.com Fleet GHG Intensity January 2012 to July 2013

Figure 1 – LimousinesWorldwide.com Fleet GHG Intensity January 2012 to July 2013

Fleet Transportation, LLC lands GSA Contract

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Washington, D.C.- Fleet Transportation, LLC, a premier provider of ground transportation services, is a proven environmental leader in the Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area. Since April 2008, Fleet Transportation has been a member of Green Ride Global (GRG) and has been committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

Through Fleet Transportation’s membership in Green Ride Global, they are able to fulfill the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) mandate of tracking greenhouse gas emissions under President Obama’s Executive Order 13514, which requires Federal government departments to track the carbon emissions from their operations, including business travel. Fleet Transportation’s environmental program and commitment is aligned with the GSA’s goal of reducing Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 43.9% below the FY 2008 baseline by FY 2020, as per the GSA Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. Scope 3 emissions are GHG emissions from indirect sources, including employee commute and business travel.

With environmental concerns on the rise, governments and corporations alike are taking action towards environmental conservation and protection. The transportation end-use sector represents one of the largest source of GHG emissions in the US. In 2010, transportation made up 27% of the total GHG emissions in the US, according to the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990-2010. Fleet Transportation supports the work of the US EPA Centre for Corporate Climate Leadership and the National Energy Conservation Act in their business operations. Fleet Transportation aims to reduce its carbon footprint and conserve energy, particularly by investing in fuel efficiency.

GRG has seen notable improvements in Fleet Transportation’s carbon footprint over the years. Since their baseline year in 2008, Fleet Transportation improved its fleet fuel efficiency (MPG) by 43%. About 41% of its fleet runs on diesel fuel, which has greater energy content than petroleum fuel. Furthermore, Fleet Transportation’s average fleet GHG intensity has decreased from 0.18 t CO2e per 100 miles to 0.16 t CO2e per 100 miles since 2008, which is equivalent to approximately 10% reduction in average fleet GHG intensity.

Fleet Transportation has taken many initiatives to reduce their environmental impact over the years, including transitioning to new technologies, educating chauffeurs and employees, reducing electricity consumption in their facilities, and implementing recycling programs.

“Fleet Transportation has demonstrated environmental leadership in their service areas and in the ground transportation industry” said Elaine Tran, Program Manager at Green Ride Global. “Their sustainability progress makes Fleet Transportation an important role model in the industry”.

Corporate Trends of 2013: Sustainability Isn’t Dead

Friday, March 8th, 2013

A recent article by Chauffeur Driven Magazine discusses sustainability as one of the corporate trends of 2013. An excerpt from the article is shown below:

“Like it or not and even though price, quality, brand, and convenience will continue to be the primary drivers in the decision-making process, in 2013 we will see sustainability increasingly a part of the supplier selection process for corporate buyers. More companies want to track their transportation program”s carbon footprint (the emissions associated with their trips). This is especially important if the company you are dealing with is multinational.

As global players, companies are concerned with stricter reporting rules imposed by various governments (EU countries, for example). If you can’t provide detailed emissions reporting, don’t expect to be competitive in RFPs tendered in 2013.”

Green Ride Global (GRG), an industry program from The Carbon Accounting Company™, can vouch for the statements made by Chauffeur Driven above. Many Green Ride Global members are seeing a greater demand from corporate transportation buyers for carbon footprint reporting. GRG provides transportation providers with detailed emissions reporting that allows them to become more competitive and accountable for their environmental impacts.

Source: Article from Chauffeur Driven Magazine, Inaugural Issue, 2013.

J & B Executive Transportation, Inc. Demonstrates Environmental Leadership

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Troy, MI-  J & B Executive Transportation, Inc., a chauffeured transportation company serving the greater Detroit, Lansing, and Flint area, has designed a carbon reduction strategy aimed at achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from their fleet through fuel efficiency and the transition to new technologies.

As a Gold Member of Green Ride Global (GRG)- a firm that creates and implements environmental sustainability programs for the ground transportation industry- J & B Executive Transportation, Inc. is committed to evolving operations toward environmental sustainability. Their environmental program includes the following:

  • A comprehensive environmental policy that identifies and addresses the reduction of potential environmental impacts from all areas of business operations
  • Environmental Management System
  • Fleet GHG Inventory
  • Ongoing measurement and monitoring of fleet GHG emissions
  • Transition to the latest low-carbon vehicles and fuels
  • Ongoing monitoring and enforcement of GHG emissions reductions including a responsible driving practice across the entire fleet
  • Greening of the supply chain
  • Fleet GHG emissions reporting
  • Green Ride Global member identification on Limos.com booking platform

J & B Executive Transportation’s 2013 Mercedes Sprinter Van

As the first Green Ride Global Member in Detroit, the team at J & B Executive Transportation, Inc. recognized the need to differentiate themselves as environmental leaders in their market. “Customers are increasingly looking for green purchasing options when it comes to ground transportation” says Julie Dotan, President of J & B Executive Transportation, Inc. The company currently operates 10 vehicles, including a 2013 Mercedes Sprinter Van that runs on BlueTEC SCR diesel technology as pictured to the left. “We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions from all areas of our business operations including transitioning our fleet to more fuel efficient vehicles.” “We can now provide a service that will help our clients reach their own sustainability goals.”

Learn more about J & B Executive Transportation:

http://www.jandbtran.com/

Green Ride Global Member L.A. Limousines & Transportation Services Acquires the New Hybrid Lexus ES 300H

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

 

Ed and Kyara Kahakauwila, co-owners/operators of L.A. Limousine & Transportation Services, are pictured receiving their award for the 2012 LCT Global Operator of the Year Award.
- Picture from LCT Magazine

Victoria,BC - L.A. Limousine & Transportation Services has been serving Victoria, British Columbia and Vancouver Island for over 23 years. During last year”s International LCT Show, L.A. Limousine & Transportation Services won the 2012 LCT Global Operator of the Year Award.

In an effort to further their environmental commitment, L.A. Limousine & Transportation Services acquired the new 2013 Lexus ES 300H hybrid sedan. This new addition to their fleet will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their business operations. Furthermore, their limousine buses are run on plant-based bio-diesel.

The Lexus ES 300H offers excellent fuel economy. According to EnerGuide, the Lexus ES300H has 60 mpg city, 55 mpg highway, and a combined fuel economy of 58 mpg. This is equivalent to 4.7 litres per 100 kilometers city and 5.1 litres per 100 kilometers highway. Thus far, the President of the company, Ed Kahakauwila, clocked in their actual in use performance at 48.7 mpg or 5.8 litres per 100 kilometers. This model”s engine is also certified as a Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV).

L.A. Limousines & Transportation Services” new 2013 Lexus ES 300H.

L.A. Limousine & Transportation Services is taking notable steps to be accountable for its carbon footprint” says Elaine Tran, Program Manager of Green Ride Global. “Green Ride Global anticipates seeing a significant improvement in fuel efficiency and environmental performance from L.A. Limousine & Transportation Services with the new hybrid and use of renewable fuels”.

As a Gold member of Green Ride Global (GRG), L.A. Limousine & Transportation Service is committed to improving business operations towards environmental sustainability. 

To learn more about L.A. Limousine & Transportation Services: http://www.lalimo.ca/

 

Green Ride Global Member Angel Worldwide Orders Tesla Electric Sedan

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Angel Worldwide owner/operator Goldie Bhullar, operations manager Dustin Baker, executive chauffeur Michael Rosas, and COO Raj Mehta look forward to adding an all-electric Tesla S luxury sedan to their San Francisco Bay Area chauffeured fleet in the summer of 2013, becoming one of the first, if not the first, chauffeured transportation operators to deploy the Tesla S.

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. – Angel Worldwide Transportation on Nov. 8 ordered a Tesla S sedan, a full-electric model that combines luxury, efficiency and sport sedan flair. The 27-vehicle company appears to be the first chauffeured transportation company in the nation to order a Tesla S for fleet service.

Owner/Operator Goldie Bhullar expects to take delivery of the black-on-black vehicle, manufactured by Tesla Motors in nearby Fremont, Calif., by the summer of 2013. Bhullar ordered the vehicle after hearing from premium sedan clients who indicated they swould be willing to ride in an electric luxury vehicle. .

“This is something we’ve always wanted and something different in our fleet,” said Bhullar, whose post-Town Car fleet strategy has been to offer as much variety and flexibility as possible with different vehicles. “I test drove it. it’s an awesome vehicle.”

Bhullar reports that the legroom and trunk space ranges between that of a Lincoln Town Car and a Lincoln MKT Town Car. It has comfortable leather seats, can fit three passengers in the rear seat, and has active air suspension, which costs an additional $1,500, for a smoother ride. “There is no drive shaft in the middle. We sat three people in the back and they were comfortable.”

The Tesla S electric luxury sedan retails for about $90,000 but can save a chauffeured fleet operator about $3,000 a month in fuel costs.

Because the vehicle is electric, it does not need most of the conventional parts of a gasoline vehicle. That results in low operating and maintenance costs. “There are no mechanical parts in there to break down,” Bhullar said. “There”s only one [main] moving part and need to [replace] that part every five years.”

Maintenance costs about $600 through Tesla, which covers all tests, software updates, battery maintenance, brakes, pads and wiper blades. The battery has a warranty of eight years with unlimited miles.

The Tesla S is built with three different battery/power configurations. The most powerful battery is an 85 kilowatt model that offers a maximum traveling range up to 300 miles between charges. Bhullar estimates the Tesla S will save his company $3,000 to $3,500 per month in the gas costs typical of a Lincoln Town Car sedan.

Tesla offers its clients free electric power from charging stations at its company headquarters that recharge many times faster than conventional stations, resulting in an average charge time of about one hour. As one of the greenest and most energy progressive regions in the U.S., the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area has scores of public EV charging stations at government owned and run facilities, with more than 50 such charging stations in the city of San Francisco alone as of this past summer, according to the San Francisco Water-Power-Sewer utility.

Bhullar plans to offer the Tesla S as a premium-level chauffeured sedan with an estimated rate of about $75 to $80 per hour, making it similar in rate to the Mercedes-Benz S550 sedan.

- Martin Romjue, LCT editor

Article from LCT Magazine.

Regent Limousine Service Acquires Two Hybrids

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Victoria, BC - Regent Limousine Service is a chauffeured ground transportation company that has been serving Victoria, British Columbia and its surrounding areas for over twenty-five years.

Recently, Regent Limousine Service acquired two new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid L vehicles within their fleet, in an effort to further their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their business operations.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers exceptional fuel economy with 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and a combined fuel economy of 39 mpg.

“Regent Limousine Service continues to be accountable for its carbon footprint” says Sarah Champoux, Program Director of Green Ride Global. “With the addition of these Hybrid L vehicles, we anticipate seeing a significant improvement in fuel efficiency.”

As a Silver member of Green Ride Global (GRG), Regent Limousine Service is committed to improving business operations towards environmental sustainability.

Learn more about Regent Limousine: http://www.regentlimousine.bc.ca/

Desert Rose Worldwide Transportation Incorporates Sustainability Into Business Operations

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Desert Rose Worldwide Transportation, a chauffeured transportation company serving the greater Phoenix – Scottsdale area, has designed a carbon reduction strategy aimed at achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from their fleet through fuel efficiency and the transition to new technologies.

As a Gold Member of Green Ride Global (GRG)- a firm that creates and implements environmental sustainability programs for the ground transportation industry- Desert Rose Worldwide Transportation is committed to evolving operations toward environmental sustainability. Their environmental program includes the following:

  • A comprehensive environmental policy that identifies and addresses the reduction of potential environmental impcts from all areas of business operations
  • Environmental Management System
  • Fleet GHG Inventory
  • Ongoing measurement and monitoring of fleet GHG emissions
  • Transition to the latest low-carbon vehicles and fuels
  • Ongoing monitoring and enforcement of GHG emissions reductions including a responsible driving practice across the entire fleet
  • Greening of the supply chain
  • Fleet GHG emissions reporting
  • Green Ride Global member identification on Limos.com and Forground.com booking platforms

Desert Rose Worldwide Transportation recognized the need to differentiate themselves as environmental leaders in their market. “Customers are increasingly looking for green purchasing options when it comes to ground transportation” says Neal Smith, General Manager of Desert Rose Worldwide Transportation. “As a leading corporation, it is our responsibility to make any systematic changes that will create and spread a positive effect throughout our community. We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions from all areas of our business operations and can now provide a service that will help our clients reach their own sustainability goals.”

Learn more about Desert Rose Worldwide Transportation: www.desertroselimousines.com