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Global Fleet Expert
Director of International Consultancy Services
Posted on: 07 November 2017

Sustainable Fleet Management: How you can help to achieve the Net Zero Emission target

Going green isn’t a quick win but there is a lot to gain, since reducing your carbon footprint nearly always generates a cost reduction as well as environmental benefits.


The topic of ‘sustainability’ seems to be on everyone’s lips nowadays. Things like the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are leading to tighter environmental legislation at local, national and EU/international level. At the same time, a growing number of companies are introducing their own ambitious climate-related goals such as net zero emission (also known as ‘carbon neutrality’ or ‘net zero carbon footprint’) targets as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability policies. Since transport is regarded as the fastest-growing contributor to climate change, such goals can put the pressure on you, the fleet manager, to reduce the emissions generated by your company vehicles. Luckily you don’t have to do it alone – at LeasePlan, we’re here to help you!

Against this backdrop, one clear trend at the moment is the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). We are strong advocates of this ongoing shift. In fact, at LeasePlan we’re committed to achieving net zero exhaust emissions from the automotive sector by 2030, supporting the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and climate-related SDGs. However, improving your sustainability is not simply a matter of leasing new electric vehicles. There is a wide choice of green fleet management measures that can have a real impact in both the shorter and longer term, helping you to contribute to preserving the planet today as well as in the future.

Wide choice of fleet management measures

One step is to reassess your criteria for allocating lease vehicles, such as driver eligibility (based on job function) or a flex lease solution in the case of temporary workers. In some cases, it might even make sense to explore public transport or car-sharing opportunities. Another option is to review the choice of vehicles on offer in line with your emission targets – e.g. to standardise your fleet, set a CO2 threshold or to encourage drivers to opt for vehicles that run on alternative fuels. And drivers themselves play a key role in emission levels, of course. In addition to educating them and building awareness of the impact of their own actions, there are various ways of incentivising eco-friendly driving behaviour such as through rewards programmes.

Step-by-step approach

Going green isn’t a quick win but there is a lot to gain, since reducing your carbon footprint nearly always generates a cost reduction as well as environmental benefits. To maximise your chance of success, it’s important to gain buy-in from all the areas of your organisation that are affected by fleet management – e.g. the business, HR, Finance, Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) and so on. Therefore, we recommend you break your plan down into small steps and prioritise those areas over which you have control, before building from there. That will result in a step-by-step transformation with end-to-end solutions that benefit your drivers, the environment and your bottom line alike.

To find out more about what’s next in sustainable fleet solutions, download our white paper below on green fleet management for details of these and other measures, and start contributing to achieving your company’s emission targets today.


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Global Fleet Expert

Saskia Harreman, with a long history in the automotive industry joined LeasePlan International in 2000 in the field of account management. She then moved into the Global Coordination team and was involved in business process management, legal and ICT structure for LeasePlan International. Other responsibilities included product development and internal training.

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There’s no denying that CO2 emissions have a negative influence on the Earth’s climate. In this context, various initiatives have been launched to reduce emissions; on a global level the Paris Climate Agreement was reached in December 2015, and in Europe there are ambitious targets aimed at achieving an 80% reduction by 2050 (compared to 1990).

Consultant at LeasePlan Netherlands