Minimising The Environmental Impact Of Your Fleet

Arval UK, a leasing and contract hire company, has released a new guide concerning best practice for reducing the environmental impact of fleets. The guide, like a number of other resources by the company, is usually reserved for customers. It’ll be free for visitors to their website from the 15th to 19th of October, reflecting the dates of the ‘Green Great Britain Week.’ Here’s a summary of the guide, what fleet decision-makers can do about their environmental impact and why they should care in the first place… 

Why Should Fleets Care? – There are two dimensions to this. First of all, it’s an ethical consideration which, when ignored, can cause even the largest companies all manner of difficulties. Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ debacle shocked the industry, caused drastic reductions in sales for diesel cars and has landed the manufacturing giant with unprecedented fines. This level of negligence has cost the brand face and resources. Conversely, with an ever increasing interest in zero-emission vehicles, charging technology and general environmental topics, a green-savvy business will have serious unique selling points.

But it’s not all just about civic and ethical duties. There’s something in it for fleets and businesses, too. Lower Co2 vehicles are more fuel efficient, keeping running costs down. In addition, they’ll mean employees will face reduced tax bills should they use their own cars for private journeys.

Assess Your Current Impact – Arval recommends determining a baseline, so that fleet’s can effectively measure the success of any future measures. It suggests using the ‘Defra Greenhouse Gas
Conversion’ factors for company reporting. Every aspect of the fleet should be factored in, including opt-out drivers, daily rentals, pool vehicles and even casual drivers who use their own vehicles on an ad hoc basis. This will provide the most accurate picture of where you currently stand.

Reducing Your Impact – The guide suggests that there are three primary ways to reduce a fleet’s environmental impact. These are leasing low carbon vehicles, using them more efficiently and reducing the amount of time they’re used. It encourages fleet decision makers to consider all fuel options, to accurately calculate whole-life costs for vehicles and to implement a formal vehicle selection procedure. 

The Green Great Britain campaign, led by the Department for Business, seeks to raise awareness concerning how businesses and individuals can help to tackle climate change. Speaking of the guide itself, Shaun Sadlier, head of consultancy at Arval said “the issues raised by Green Great Britain need to be taken seriously by fleets of all kinds so that they can play their part in ensuring the sustainability of their operations.” He concluded “we have developed a wide range of guides and tools for our customers providing a resource they can tap into whenever they want and wherever they are. This information covers a broad range of fleet-relevant topics and environment-related subjects are certainly prominent.”

You can find the guide here: www.arval.co.uk/green-great-britain-week

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