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Reaching out to Resource Industries to Reduce and Save

BCRoadbuilders

Andrew Paul, VP of Commercial Sales at Webtech Wireless, attended the BC Road Builders’ Annual Fall Conference in Kelowna, British Columbia this week and, apart from a few rounds of golf, came away with a renewed respect for the concerns of the transportation sector in the Interior of BC. Nestled between the Pacific Coast Mountains and the Rockies and stretching from Washington State to the Alaska/Yukon border, the Interior may be few in people, but it’s plenty in natural resources and keeping its primary industries (logging, mining, oil and gas exploration) clean includes the trucks and heavy equipment that service the region. The statistics support this need: while overall Canadian transportation accounts for 27 percent of all carbon emissions, in BC the amount is much higher at 37 percent.

Andrew mentioned his meeting with Scott Everall of the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative (COAC). The COAC is a non-profit organization that promotes its Fuel Efficiency and Carbon Reduction Initiative to owners of heavy diesel burning equipment, and long and short haul trucks. Its aim is to help trucking companies reduce their carbon footprint by providing monitoring and reporting their fuel consumption.

I caught up with Scott to find out how greening a trucking fleet can save fleet managers money. Talking green to business owners in northern British Columbia can be a hard sell. “Imagine yourself visiting a trucking company that’s in the business of cutting down trees, and you go in there to chat them up about making their business more environmentally friendly”, said Scott. Then with humor, “the look they give me is like, ‘are you going to give me a hug now?’ But my position is to describe how monitoring carbon emissions can reduce fuel costs by 10 percent”, he says adding, “Even a one percent reduction annually can add up to $300,000 in savings over our suggested three-year monitoring period. That, they listen to.”

Scott mentioned that many trucking companies have the willingness to change, but they may not have the manpower to manage the administration of carbon monitoring, “so that’s where we come in”, said Scott. “We help them reduce their operating costs by help them monitoring, reporting, and finally trading or selling carbon offsets”, he said.

“If using a system like what Webtech Wireless has, they’d be able to save money while reducing carbon emissions”, Scott said.  Scott’s attitude is, “As we become more aware of the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative program will play an increasing role in helping the transportation and resource sectors reduce emissions, increase fuel efficiency and create a safer working environment”.

NAFA – Embracing the Future

We were at the NAFA 2012 trade show (North America Fleet Managers Association) in St. Louis and one of the highlights of the show was the keynote presentation, Making Sense of the Future, given by Dr. Peter Bishop, PhD. Together with other trade show attendees, we gathered in full force and in great anticipation to hear Dr. Bishop provide a wide vision of the future of debt, oil & resources, people and demographics, automotive market and emerging technologies.

Patrick Lizotte, our account manager in Quebec and eastern North America said, “Dr. Bishop invited us to look into change versus sudden change, and our relationship and involvement with technology and computers; that is, how we are evolving and adapting ourselves toward the computer era”.

Some of the topics he presented included:

  • Which trends and technologies impact on our business?
  • Which scenarios of the future are imaginable?
  • What will we probably have to face and what not?
  • Which surprising changes of direction could the future take?
  • Which new future markets and business models are imaginable for us?
  • Which alternative designs for the future of our company exist?
  • What do we need to do to use our opportunities and secure our future?

Dr. Bishop concluded his presentation with a simple two-word recommendation, “Stay Awake”. – Be certain to handle Future and Change.

Dr. Peter Bishop is an associate professor of Human Sciences and chair of the graduate program in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Dr. Bishop specializes in techniques for long-term forecasting and planning. He delivers keynote addresses, conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organizations, and also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future.