AT&T* today announced that its use of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in its corporate vehicle fleet helped the company avoid the purchase of more than one million gallons of traditional petroleum fuel in 2010. AT&T announced this milestone as President Obama introduced today the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleets Partnership. This initiative seeks to help large fleets across the country cut petroleum use by 2.5 billion gallons by 2020.
AT&T is committed to minimizing its environmental impact and reducing its reliance on imported oil through the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) across its corporate fleet. These AFVs include all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, along with the CNG vehicles. In 2009, AT&T announced it would spend up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 AFVs through 2018. Through 2013, AT&T expects to purchase up to 8,000 CNG vehicles at an anticipated cost of $350 million. As of March 2011, AT&T has deployed more than 3,500 AFVs, including more than 2,400 CNG vehicles in 543 cities in 35 states and the District of Columbia. AT&T’s total fleet numbers more than 73,500 vehicles.
“Avoiding the purchase of one million gallons of petroleum fuel is a significant milestone for AT&T in our quest to reduce our dependence on imported of oil,” said Jerome Webber, vice president of AT&T Global Fleet Operations. “Our investment in more fuel efficient vehicles helps minimize our impact on the environment, delivers bottom line benefits to our company and helps to spur job growth in the domestic clean energy sector.”
According to a 2009 Center for Automotive Research report, AT&T’s planned alternative fuel vehicle initiative would:
- Create or save – on average – approximately 1,000 jobs per year over the first five years of the initiative
- Save 49 million gallons of gasoline over the 10-year deployment period
- Reduce carbon emissions by 211,000 metric tons– the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing 38,600 passenger vehicles from the road for one year
AT&T is committed to integrating sustainable business practices across its business and was recently added to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 12th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. AT&T was also included in the 2010 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI) and in Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2010 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI.) Visit www.att.com/csr and www.att.com/sustainability to learn more about sustainability at AT&T. Also visit www.att.com/csr to download the AT&T’s Citizenship & Sustainability Reports.