|June 18, 2007|
Green Car Fleet Could Save U.K. Businesses Billions
|London, UK -- A new report from the Energy Savings Trust finds that, despite many companies' beliefs, incorporating Green Fleet Management practices will save U.K. businesses 2.6 billion pounds per year at no additional cost.
The Energy Saving Trust's "Behind the Wheel" report, launched today, examines business leaders' attitudes to their company car fleets and their impact on the environment. The report reveals a worrying lack of interest from many companies over their vehicles' impact on the environment and their bottom line. Company car fleets are frequently the second largest overhead a company incurs.
As well as making proven financial sense, running a green fleet can also impact greatly on an organization's carbon footprint and contribute towards greater awareness amongst staff and customers of a company's commitment to reducing its impact on the environment.
In addition, Energy Saving Trust research shows that consumers are becoming more insistent on a company demonstrating its environmental credentials. Over half (58 percent) of consumers say they still want to see more evidence of what companies are doing about climate change.
But in the Behind the Wheel report, fewer than half of the companies surveyed (48 percent) have CSR or environmental policy and of those only 42 per cent of companies take into consideration the impact of their vehicles on the environment in these policies.
Other key findings in the report show:
Sellwood added that the companies who have shown leadership at a high level are the ones who are implementing green fleet policies with tremendous success in terms of carbon and monetary savings. As with any serious operational restructure, buy-in at the top is essential. He added that in 2006, the Energy Trust helped more than 120 companies run a greener fleet through their Green Fleet Review service, which helps organizations improve the environmental performance of company fleets.