LeasePlan publishes new benchmark

LeasePlan’s first annual Sustainable Fleet Benchmark highlights how three million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) could be erased by organisations switching to low-emission fleets.

The new Benchmark also underlines the significant contribution that corporate fleets can make in the fight against climate change, and highlights those organisations that are already making a difference by switching to sustainable fleets.

Highlights of the report include the 1,808 organisations attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters have an estimated 813,000 vehicles in their fleets, which collectively emit approximately 3.09 million tonnes of CO2 per annum.

It suggests fleets are gradually moving towards alternative powertrains, primarily battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, as awareness builds. The proportion of vehicles with alternative powertrains in corporate fleets rose from 3.3% in 2015 to 4.3% in 2017.

Continued action is required as average CO2 emissions rose slightly in 2017 for the first time since 2012. This is due to increased uptake of petrol vehicles, as well as the first rise in average mileage since 2013.

The Benchmark identifies three profiles for sustainable fleets: Starter, Transformer and Leader. The technology sector contains the highest number of companies with a Leader profile – including Baidu and EDF Group.