Climate Change and Cars

The Unseen Connection Between Vehicle Tracking and Carbon Emissions

Sustainability is becoming more important for companies day by day, since human activities can have such a lasting impact on our planet. Governments around the world are enforcing policies on businesses, making them become more aware of their greenhouse gas emissions.

Investors are also placing pressure on companies to do more than just greenwash—they expect real action on the emissions front. Many people are making investment decisions based on how green a business is, so it’s vital that companies factor in their carbon emissions into their day-to-day business decisions. It’s about economic growth, but it is also about the future of our planet.


When it comes to climate change, “fossil fuels” can sometimes be seen as a bad word, which is why addressing that association with logistics and fleet companies is pivotal. Petroleum products cannot be avoided on a fleet scale, necessarily, so taking measures to lower your levels of emissions and counter the emissions you can’t cut is important, particularly when it comes to fleets.


If you’re concerned about how to reduce your emissions, don’t worry—there’s an easy win, and it’s in your vehicle tracking. Read on to find out how GPS tracking devices can help you go greener (that’s right, they can do more than just give you peace of mind or tell you the exact location of your vehicle).

What Are Carbon Emissions?

Carbon emissions refer to the release of greenhouse gases (or their precursors) into the atmosphere over a specified area and period, according to Eurostat. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered a greenhouse gas, and it gets released into the air when burning fossil fuels and due to other practices, including the CO2 produced during the consumption of solid, liquid and gas fuels.

How Much CO2 Does Road Freight Produce?

As you can see from the below image, road freight contributes towards a massive 29.4% of global CO2 emissions from transport.

Lowering Emissions by Using a Vehicle Tracking Solution

One way in which GPS tracking can help your business and the environment is by reducing:

  • Mileage: When you monitor your fleet, you can save fuel by determining the optimal routes for your vehicles to take to their destinations. This means less mileage, which results in less wear and tear, lower fuel costs, and of course, lower CO2 emissions. 
  • Idling: Because modern vehicle tracking units enable you to monitor granular aspects of your vehicles’ trips, you can even see how much time your fleet spends idling. This practice results in higher fuel costs and a greater carbon footprint. By knowing this, you can educate your drivers on how to drive with less idling time, as well as optimise routes.
  • Speeding: The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. By monitoring and educating drivers on reducing their speed and acceleration, you can, in turn, reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Personal use: Some fleet managers have to deal with drivers who use their vehicles for personal use—unauthorised. This means extra driving, putting more emissions into the atmosphere. This can be controlled and completely stopped with GPS tracking units.
  • Unused vehicles: By monitoring your fleet, you can determine whether you’ve got underutilised vehicles and reduce your fleet size if necessary, thereby lowering emissions.

Greenhouse Gases Reports

Some modern vehicle tracking systems will even report on the greenhouse gases emitted by factors like idling, giving you the exact emissions created by the amount of time spent on activities like these. Your company could use these statistics to become carbon neutral by countering the carbon released with trees planted, as a positive sustainability initiative. Transportation emissions don’t have to be the end of the story for your company.

How Can Drivers Reduce Their Personal Vehicle Carbon Footprint? 

There are a few ways in which individuals can play their part in reducing carbon emissions, too. Here are a few tips: 

  • Drive less: Where possible, and if it’s safe to do so, walk rather than drive. That quick trip to the shops down the road can greatly reduce your carbon footprint, which makes sense if you consider how often you pop up to the store for small or large shops.
  • Carpool: You could form a carpool club with your co-workers or with your own family. Try to get to work with other people so you’re not all using your cars. This will help to reduce how much you drive and save you on fuel costs.
  • Avoid harsh braking and speeding: Speeding and harsh braking are surefire ways to increase your carbon output. Drive at a steady pace, trying not to race from one traffic light to the next.
  • Keep your tyres properly inflated: Ensuring that your tyres are correctly inflated can reduce your fuel spend, which means less greenhouse gases emissions. 
  • Combine errands: If you need your car to run errands, try to do them all in one go so you reduce your driving time.
  • Use traffic apps: Apps like Waze and Google Maps that tell you which route to take that will be quicker and less traffic-dense can greatly help reduce how much fuel you use. Bonus—you get to spend less time frustrated in traffic.
  • Use cruise control: If you’re going on a longer trip, use your cruise control function if you have one. This helps to keep your speed steady and thereby use less fuel.
  • Use energy efficient options: Energy efficiency is a trait you can start searching for when you choose your ride. This can mean lower fuel consumption, hybrid models, or even EVs. The transportation sector is booming with options that can reduce your levels of emissions.

Finding a Fleet Management System to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Imagine being able to say with confidence that your annual emissions are zero thanks to a carbon neutral status (that tree planting project we mentioned). Your economic activity does not automatically have to add to the negative impacts of climate change through CO2 emissions. There’s an easy and free way to reduce your vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions!


Simply use the free and fast quoting system on our website. All you need to do is input your details and we’ll have one of our trusted and reliable partners get in touch with you. You’ll get a free quote on implementing a fleet tracking system that you can use to go greener and be kinder to the environment. With the right system in place, you can start cutting down on your annual emissions and countering it with positive action.