INTRODUCTION MATERIALITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT OUR CITY OUR OUR PEOPLE ENVIRONMENT GLOSSARY AT A GLANCE OUR ENVIRONMENT I TORONTO HYDRO 75 Fuel Consumption 1,117,057 L 1,364,488 L 1,297,039 L 2014 2015 2016 GRIP Idle Management System The installation of Governor to Reduce Idle and Pollution (GRIP) technology on 24 of Toronto Hydro’s cube vans (starting in late 2014), has led to a 27% decrease in average annual idling hours in GRIP-equipped vehicles (compared to non-GRIP equipped cube vans). In November 2015, Toronto Hydro began GRIP trials in four of its new heavy duty bucket trucks, which has resulted in a 26% decrease in idling amongst those trucks (compared to non- GRIP equipped trucks). In July 2016, Toronto Hydro trialed the GRIP units in five of its highest idling pick-up trucks. Since installing the GRIP system in pick-up trucks, Toronto Hydro realized a 22% reduction in idling hours across this pool of vehicles compared to the same period, in 2015 (July- November, inclusive). The GRIP system has delivered proven idling reduction. GRIP functions by shutting the engine off after one minute of idling and deferring to the auxiliary battery power source requiring long-lasting batteries in order to fully optimize the GRIP system’s use. In 2016, Toronto Hydro explored various means of extending auxiliary battery longevity. Solutions currently being trialed are: (1) decreasing load on the auxiliary battery by swapping out the existing inverter for a high-efficiency generator; (2) swapping existing auxiliary battery for a high-efficiency lithium ion battery; (3) reactive reporting on vehicles not plugged into shore power nightly. Preliminary results on the expected benefits of these solutions are anticipated by the end of 2017. Fleet Fleet fuel consumption and associated emissions in 2016 decreased by approximately 17% from 2014. This is likely attributable to: • Reduction of the number of vehicles in the fleet • Implementation of a motor vehicle idle management system (GRIP) • Sustainment of a Green Fleet of vehicles • Development of satellite locations to reduce driving times • Education and awareness of workforce In addition to the reduction of GHG emissions, these measures have also reduced the amount of fuel Toronto Hydro is required to purchase. The following chart illustrates the fuel consumption since 2014. Maximizing the efficiency of Toronto Hydro’s vehicle fleet The vehicles in the shared pool consist of speciality vehicles required to complete very specific tasks. The pool vehicle program has helped Toronto Hydro reduce fuel consumption and emissions, and has reduced the number of vehicles on the road. Toronto Hydro decommissioned 32 vehicles from the fleet since 2015.
Toronto Hydro CR Report 2016
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