New Westminster – In January 2015, as part of a pilot project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce fuel expenses, the first four NWPD patrol division vehicles equipped with dual fuel technology took to the streets of New Westminster. The NWPD is happy to announce that since the roll out of the initial green fleet vehicles, there has been a reduction of over 24% in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to the successful reduction of greenhouse emissions, there has been a major fuel cost savings of over 36%, from $90,916 in 2014 to $57,989 in 2015.
The Green Fleet dual fuel technology employs a system that uses gasoline as the fuel source to start the vehicle, before seamlessly transitioning to propane as the primary source of fuel. The decreases in the greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of fuel are largely in part due to the new dual fuel vehicles, and the officers making a conscious effort to avoid unnecessary idling where possible.
“We strongly believe that we are doing our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while being fiscally responsible to the citizens of New Westminster,” stated Media Relations Officer, Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott. “Over the next few years we will continue to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions as we change our existing patrol vehicles over to dual fuel technology.”