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Reduce petroleum fuel consumption (gallons) by fleet by 20% by 2025


FY20 Actual

FY19 Actual

Objective Description

By 2025, Howard County will reduce petroleum fuel consumption in its fleet by 20%. The County will accomplish this by improving the average fuel economy of its fleet, right-sizing the fleet, reducing idling, and increasing the number of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. The reduction of petroleum fuel use is directly connected to greenhouse gas emissions and to the County's overall target to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030.

Trend Analysis

Howard County’s Fleet used 1,170,922 gallons of petroleum-based fuels in FY20. The County’s consumption in FY21 is estimated to be 1,194,156 gallons of petroleum-based fuels. The FY21 anticipated increase in fuel use as compared to FY20 can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent reduction in FY20 County vehicle use. The County currently procures the most fuel-efficient vehicles for its fleet. In FY21, the County will add 5 full electric vehicles along with an additional 64 electric hybrid vehicles to the fleet. The County anticipates accomplishing a non-pandemic induced decrease in fuel consumption in FY22 when compared to the FY19 baseline target.


  • Replace current vehicles with electric, hybrid, and more fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Institute a county-wide idling reduction policy.
  • Right-size fleet vehicles to best match vehicle use.
  • Conduct employee education on idling reduction and smart driving to improve fuel efficiency.

Source: Office of Fleet

Detailed Analysis

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