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Greening the Corporate Sales Fleet at Abbott

Abbott corporate fleet adopts hybrid alternative vehicles

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transportaiton and fleet savings According to, Abbott touts itself as the first FORTUNE 500 company to transform its U.S. fleet of company sales vehicles carbon neutral. The fleet of more than 6,000 represents nearly 11 percent of Abbott's total emissions.

When the vehicle leases are up, sales representatives will have a hybrid vehicle option, said Spokeswoman Ann Fahey-Widman. Carbon offsets will neutralize the balance.

"It's a significant investment purchasing the carbon offset," Fahey-Widman told GreenBiz Wednesday. "Because of the gas savings, the hybrid offering is not something that would be a significant cost."

Sales vehicles are driven nearly twice as much as personal vehicles, she said, making the move the equivalent of taking more than 12,000 cars off the road.

Abbott also plans to install a 500-kilowatt hour solar system in Temecula, Calif. The company's first U.S. solar panel endeavor, it will produce, in part, electricity for its plant.

Strategies of Interest

  • Provide employees with a hybrid option
  • Transition vehicles to alternative fuel models at the end of the lease
  • Provide facilities for recharging and refueling with alternative fuels. Increase use of the alternative fuel vs. conventional by making it readily available.
  • Purchase carbon offsets to neutralize the remaining balance.
  • Reduce driving ... substitute more work-at-home balance and digital communications.
  • Install supplementary solar, wind or passive design to offset building impact.
  • Implement a SYSTEM to carry out corporate policy.
  • Encourage your supply chain by providing tips and techniques that you have learned.

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