Our Values In Action
Our Drive to Zero Emissions
Vehicles today are greener than they used to be. New passenger vehicles in the United States, for example, have an amazing 99% fewer tailpipe emissions than 1970 models.
Modern cars and trucks still contribute to local air pollution, however. And they continue to emit carbon dioxide, which is a major contributor to climate change. In the United States, the transportation sector accounts for more than one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. So, there’s much more to be done.
At Comcast NBCUniversal, we are working to eliminate the tailpipe emissions of our fleet. This long-term, zero emissions goal applies to our entire operational fleet, including more than 30,000 Xfinity vans, trucks, SUVs, and sedans, as well the vehicles that support our theme parks, film and television production studios, and news teams.
“We have one of the largest fleets in the country, so focusing on emission reductions will have a significant impact — contributing to better air quality in the communities we serve and helping to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Ed Marchetti, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Field Operations for Comcast Cable. “We are both reducing the emissions of our current fleet and exploring options for our future fleet.”
We are making progress reducing the emissions of our current fleet thanks to several key initiatives. Most significantly, we installed fuel efficiency software in about 17,500 of our cable vans and trucks between 2016 and 2018. This software improves fuel efficiency by about 6% and reduces emissions by about 1 metric ton per vehicle per year.
We’ve also installed telematics technology in more than 25,000 cable vehicles since the beginning of 2018. This technology collects and analyzes data from the vehicles in real time — telling us, for example, which vans have low tire pressure or which need preventative maintenance, both of which may result in increased emissions.
The telematics data are important for our new company-wide reduced-idling goal. Target 30, which will be introduced later in 2019, will ask our fulfillment technicians, supervisors, and managers to idle no more than 30 minutes per day, reducing fuel consumption and emissions by turning off the engine when finishing job tasks or loading equipment. This goal will make our commitment to the environment clear to employees and give them a way to make an important contribution toward our aspirational goal of a zero emissions fleet.
“Since learning about our company’s efforts to reduce idle time, I think differently about how I drive,” says Brandon Huston, an installation technician in our Mountain West Region. “In my Xfinity vehicle and my personal vehicle, I’m much more aware now. Clean air is important to all of us. That’s why I turn off my engine whenever I can.”
The fuel efficiency software and telematics data complement other emission reduction efforts we’ve undertaken during the past several years. These include streamlining the equipment in our vehicles, making them 300 pounds lighter than they were prior to 2015, so that they use less fuel and have fewer emissions, as well as providing customers with self-installation kits to reduce the need for technician visits.
Finally, we’re also introducing electric vehicles into the fleet. In 2018, we began an electric sedan pilot with Chevy Bolts, which are being driven by employees doing retail, information technology, and environment, health, and safety work. And at Universal City Studios, we have invested in new electrical infrastructure and increased the number of electric golf carts moving studio employees, casts, and crews around the studio lot.