Staying green in construction can be achieved on multiple fronts. From reducing the amount of paper used in day-to-day activities, to limiting the amount of fuel consumption for equipment, the fight for energy efficiency wages on in this industry across multiple fronts.

Earlier this month the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America), www.agc.org, Arlington, Va., and Clean Air Task Force signaled strong support for bipartisan legislation to provide state transportation officials the authority and funding to incorporate the use of clean construction equipment on federally-funded transportation projects. Officials at the AGC commented that such a proposal would help safeguard construction jobs and rebuild critical infrastructure, while at the same time help protect the environment.

Newer diesel engines include clean diesel technology that achieves near zero particulate matter emissions. However, that is not the case with older diesel engines, and replacing or cycling out such older equipment will be the challenge in construction.

Fleet-management technology plays a small role in helping reduce emissions from construction vehicles. Aside from the value these systems bring in helping companies locate and track equipment, they can also provide specialized alerts around keeping equipment up to date and running smoothly. Such functionality can go a long way in keeping diesel engines operational and not running rough out in the field.

In construction, knowing when a piece of equipment is being used and when it needs to be maintained plays a role in helping reduce emissions on the road.

Such systems can track fuel consumption, as well as driving conditions, such as hard braking and idling, which often contribute to premature service being required on equipment. Investing in such a system for your fleet could be a step in the right direction for not only keeping your equipment in order, but also to help save the environment as well.