On January 1, California will become the first state to charge industries for their carbon emissions under the "cap and trade" regulatory system. With this limit, companies will need to stay within the limit and over time be prepared to reduce their emissions. While a big portion of carbon emissions come from factories and buildings, vehicles also contribute to this problem.
Some companies are already tackling emissions reduction from vehicles and equipment by using GPS-based fleet tracking technology to reduce mileage, idling and unauthorized personal vehicle use. According to the EPA, 20.8 pounds of CO2 emissions are released per gallon of fuel; and in an Aberdeen study, on average, GPS tracking can save 12-15% on fuel usage. By using GPS tracking, fleet and/or equipment managers can monitor and reduce emissions making their fleet a smaller contribution to the global carbon emissions problem.