Incorporating green vehicle solutions
The City manages and maintains a wide range of vehicles and equipment that are used to provide services and programs to citizens.
The City’s fleet idling is adding approximately two thousand tonnes of CO2 emissions to the environment every year. The City is looking at its internal operations as a great opportunity to reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Fleet Management is leading the cross-corporate implementation of Flex Fleet, a program that drives down the cost of our operations and improves utilization of The City’s existing fleet vehicles.
From trucks to electric sedans, City employees will have access to shared fleet vehicles through a mobile booking App and keyless entry. Flex Fleet supports environmental responsibility and contributes to a cost efficient and well-run City by sharing underutilized City-owned vehicles.
The City has a Green Option procurement strategy to support the purchase of vehicles that have lower emissions and better fuel consumption.
Our vehicle acquisitions process ensures compliance with Environment Canada, Transport Canada, all applicable external legislation, and considers all available fuel types when purchasing new vehicles and equipment. To support a greener fleet, The City has a Green Option procurement strategy to support the purchase of vehicles that have lower emissions and better fuel consumption.
Initiatives to reduce fuel consumption
Idling Reduction Targets
The City’s goal is to eliminate unnecessary fleet vehicle idling and has committed to idling reduction targets for 2021-2022.
Reduced idling for City fleet vehicles and equipment will save money by burning less fuel, decrease wear and tear on engines, and improve air quality. City operators are doing their part and turning off the engine if stopped, except in traffic.
We are also identifying units that require the engine idling to perform work or power equipment, and considering alterations or modifications that are more cost effective than idling.
Green Driving Standard
The City of Calgary has a Green Driving Standard to ensure fuel-efficient driving practices by our City operators. We train our drivers on safe and green driving practices that reduce fuel consumption associated with idling, acceleration, deceleration and cornering. Our green driving simulator gives drivers the opportunity to practice these principles in a simulated environment before putting them into practice on the road.
Green Fleet Strategy
Over the next two decades governmental mandates will call for widespread fleet adoption of electric vehicles. The City is developing a strategy to prioritize investment in low emission vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure. The Green Fleet strategy will be a phased approach for The City to be sustainable and meet operational needs.
What fuels our fleet
The City is piloting alternative fuel options to mitigate the impacts of City business on air, land and water quality and improve the fleet’s overall fuel efficiency.
In 2018, The City arranged an Alternative Fuel Study to explore opportunities for expansion of alternative fuels, especially for our waste collection and recycling fleet. The Alternative Fuel Study considered several alternative fuel options and assessed whether it would be technically and financially feasible, as well as the potential environmental, social and economic impact. It recommended The City incorporate more alternative fuel types into our fleet until we can shift towards electrification. This study received a grant of $54,700 from the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Green Municipal Fund.
In 2021, as part of the Action Centre’s Electric Vehicles for Municipalities (EVM) Program, The City of Calgary purchased a new battery electric vehicle, a 2021 Chevrolet Bolt, along with a level 2 charging station. This electric vehicle is being used in The City’s Flex Fleet program, a shared fleet of vehicles that employee use to deliver programs and services to Calgarians. Please visit the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) for more information.
Starting in 2022, The City will be initiating a pilot project to investigate the suitability and economic benefits of using electric and hybrid trucks to collect waste.
To do so, the city will purchase a hybrid refuse truck and a battery-electric refuse truck. The purpose of the pilot is to determine the feasibility of long-term implementation of hybrid and/or electric refuse-collection trucks into The City's fleet, and how this could apply to other types of heavy-duty trucks for City operations, such as snowplows or dump trucks.
This project received funding the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Green Municipal Fund.
Calgary Transit is set to launch an eBus pilot with 14 battery electric shuttle buses by end of 2022.
The pilot will include new electric bus in-garage charging station infrastructure to help gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of integrating electric buses into Calgary Transit’s fleet as well as supporting readiness for future electric bus deployments.
This project was awarded funding from the Emission Reduction Alberta (ERA).
For the Spring/Summer seasons, The City switches diesel fuels at three City fuel stations to B20 in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of its municipal fleet.
Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable alternative fuel made from a mix of modified vegetable oils and diesel fuel.
B20 presents a good balance of cost, emissions, cold-weather performance, and equipment compatibility.
Compressed natural gas (CNG)
Calgary Transit has the largest indoor CNG fueling facility in North America. We have 114 CNG buses (15 percent of our fleet) and another 25 on order. In addition, The City has been piloting two compressed natural gas (CNG) garbage trucks.