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ESRI and San Francisco commit to Clinton Global Initiative carbon reduction scheme

ESRI and NAVTEQ are working with the City and County of San Francisco to implement a pilot program that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, as part of a commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). San Francisco will use ESRI’s ArcLogistics software – featuring integrated NAVTEQ map data – to optimize its fleet operations and reduce its carbon footprint. The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Global Initiative to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change, including reducing carbon emissions.

The commitment includes a grant of ESRI’s route optimization software to local governments in large metropolitan areas – San Francisco is the pilot participant in the national project. Prior to this project, San Francisco’s fleet did not use a route-calculation technology product. Using ArcLogistics and NAVTEQ map data, San Francisco fleet managers will be able to organize work assignments into routes based on actual street drive time and miles. The route-scheduling function will further reduce fleet carbon emissions by suggesting an optimized stop sequence.

The pilot project includes an emissions analysis. Fleet managers will identify candidate fleets to be used in the project, and analysts will determine each fleet’s current carbon emission level. They will then deploy ESRI’s routing technology and – after one operational year – calculate the emission reductions realized. San Francisco will publish its findings so that government fleet managers around the USA can better assess the value of fleet routing software for emission reduction.

Left: San Francisco’s mayor, Gavin Newsom

ESRI and NAVTEQ have made a 10-year commitment to supply San Francisco with ArcLogistics Desktop and Navigator software, and NAVTEQ map data. Typical users of the software report fleet-related cost savings of 15–20%. “ESRI’s software that is being used in San Francisco’s GreenRoutes pilot program will create more efficient routes for the city’s fleet vehicles, thereby helping decrease municipal fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions,” says San Francisco’s Mayor, Gavin Newsom. “We are pleased to be partnering with ESRI on this innovative program.”

 

October 5, 2009

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