Eco-Friendly Initiatives

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It’s no secret that utilizing mass transit is a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traveling in a private vehicle. When you opt for a motorcoach or bus instead of your personal car, you’re helping to cut back on the concentration of pollutants in the air, the amount of fossil fuels being consumed, and the severity of traffic congestion on major roadways. Aren’t those things that we can all get behind?

Echo Transportation is particularly interested in “going green,” so we’d like to take a few minutes to highlight some of our company’s eco-friendly initiatives. Please note that, for the most part, these policies are not mandated by law. They’re steps that we—and other like-minded companies in our industry—have taken because we’re trying to make a positive difference in the world.

Bringing up Biodiesel

The word “Biodiesel” may sound a bit sinister, like something out of a Mad Max flick, but it simply refers to alternative fuel sources made from vegetable oil or animal fat. Biodiesel is relatively clean-burning, can easily be used in engines that typically run on petroleum-based diesel fuel, and is a renewable source of energy. In fact, it’s becoming more and more common for restaurants to send off their leftover grease for processing into fuel!

Unfortunately, biodiesel is still a little too expensive and not widely available enough for us to use it as our fleet’s primary fuel source. Plus, a substantial number of people dislike the smell of biodiesel exhaust (though that’s a matter of personal taste), and there’s a lot of misinformation floating around about it being decidedly eco-unfriendly. Because we’re committed to putting the needs and comfort of our clients before anything else, we can’t really consider it a practical solution in 2018.

Still, we’re very interested in the potential of biodiesel, and we’ve put our money where our mouth is by investing in the development of new technologies. We’d like to see a future where biodiesel—and other alternative fuel sources—are commonly used and easily obtainable.

Reducing Waste

When it comes to running a company, paperwork is often seen as a necessary evil. Few people in this world genuinely enjoy filling out forms or filing documents, but accurate records keep the customers happy, the business afloat, and the federal government from getting “cranky.” However, whether you’re an employee or a CEO, actually calculating how much paper your company goes through on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis can be a bit disconcerting.

At Echo Transportation, we’re doing our best to reduce the amount of paper that we use in our day-to-day operations. First of all, we’ve gone “paperless” every way that we can; digital records and electronic forms/invoices can be reviewed, copied, and transferred without a single sheet being wasted. We’ve even started utilizing electronic reservation systems for booking and scheduling. Meanwhile, in any endeavor where hard copies of documents or other paper-based products (e.g., shipping containers) are essential, we strive to use recycled materials and, in turn, send the waste off to be recycled when we’re done.

Staying in Shape

Any mechanic worth their salt will tell you that regular maintenance is one of the keys to keeping a car running smoothly. A clean, well-maintained vehicle will typically belch out fewer pollutants and get better gas mileage when compared to neglected vehicles of the same make and model. When we subject our vehicles to rigorous inspections and testing, we primarily do it out of concern for our clients’ safety and comfort. At the same time, though, we’re making a conscious effort to keep our vehicles as green as possible.

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We also try to cut back on emissions by limiting the amount of time our vehicles spend on the road. This means hiring experienced, professional drivers and training them to pick travel routes that are as efficient and congestion-free as possible. Longtime readers of this blog may notice that we often talk about guaranteeing that folks will arrive at their destination “on time and in style,” but we also want for them to arrive without making a major impact on the environment!

Every year, Echo strives to cut our carbon emissions by up to 2%. That’s a bit of a tall order for a growing company that provides ground travel and transportation services, but it’s an idea we’re committed to. And we’ve partnered with like-minded groups and businesses to help us stay accountable to our eco-friendly pledges and policies.

The bottom line: we want to continue providing safe, luxurious transportation to our clients for years to come. So we’re doing our part to ensure that we all have a bright, shiny future to look forward to!