County Government Reduces Fuel Consumption


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
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June 19, 2007

 Fairfax County Government Reduces Fuel Consumption Over Last Fiscal Year

Fairfax County employees used 56,726 fewer gallons of fuel from June 2006 through May 2007 than they did during the previous 12-month period. The decrease, which has saved the county an estimated $115,000, is the result of fuel conservation efforts by the county, the reduction in the number of vehicles in the county fleet, operational changes within agencies and tighter controls over the use of miscellaneous codes used to dispense fuel at 47 locations throughout the county.

Changes now in effect have eliminated miscellaneous codes at agencies that did not use them often; limited miscellaneous code use in certain agencies to specific groups and individuals; and added miscellaneous code use in certain agencies to more easily identify users and provide better control. Where possible, access to fuel has been limited to certain locations and fuel types.

In addition, unique driver personal identification numbers were established, and monthly reports are generated for each agency with details (date, time, quantity and location) for all miscellaneous fuel used.

Fairfax County agencies typically use a total of about 3.9 million gallons of fuel per year. Prior to this reduction, the amount of fuel issued to county agency vehicles had been increasing, by 197,358 gallons and 84,049 gallons respectively, over the two previous fiscal years.

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