Do count your carbon emissions before you cut them

Controlling and reducing fleet emissions – and proving that you are doing it – begins with monitoring them. Fleet decision-makers need to consider this before adding any new vehicle to a fleet. More importantly, in April 2020, new legislation will start to deal with cutting carbon emissions. It happens through a new company car tax based on the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure’s (WLTP) CO2 figure.

For some, the decision is easy. Purchase electric vehicles. But is that going to help deal with cutting carbon emissions?

Buying electric won’t cut carbon emissions quickly

Carbon emissions from an exhaust

Offsetting carbon emissions via the adoption of electric cars is not just the answer. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee states, this in a Parliamentary report.

The report says, 20,000 cars would need to be removed from the road every week for the next 31 years. That’s even with the demand growing for electric vehicles. New registrations of plug-in cars are increasing: 3,500 in 2013 to more than 223,000 by the end of July 2019. But, it’s not growing fast enough for the UK to meet its goal. The goal of having “almost every car and van” at”zero-emission” by 2050.

The report also noted several logistical challenges, including “the technical challenge of managing increased electricity demand from EVs” and the “industrial challenges of moving to EV technology for automotive manufacturers, retailers and after-sales service providers”.

The reality for organisations is that going electric right now is an expensive option. It is a costly choice when you consider not only the upfront costs of electric vehicles but also the cost of replacement batteries. And the fact that a charging point infrastructure is not entirely up and running throughout the land. So, right now, it just doesn’t make business sense to turn your whole fleet electric yet.

A simple solution for monitoring carbon emissions

Here at Fuel Card Services, we understand that every part of your business needs to reduce its carbon footprint – and that includes the fleet. If a business wants to cut costs, improve its green credentials, there couldn’t be a better place to start than with our CO2Count. It makes emissions monitoring easy for our fuel card customers, for any fleet from a couple of vans upwards, to meet with UK Government and EU requirements.

We can also help you monitor, control and reduce your vehicle emissions, and gives you certificates to prove it.

You will receive a regular CO2Count Certificate showing:

  • The volume of each type of fuel used
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) produced*
  • Methane (CH4) produced*
  • Nitrous oxide (N2O) produced*
  • Total direct greenhouse gases produced*

*All emissions are calculated to the equivalent kilograms of CO2 (KG CO2e) based on annual DEFRA rates

You will also have access to an online system. Here you can generate reports over any given period to give all of the above information, for your whole fleet or by vehicle or groups of vehicles. Reports are available on-screen or can download1 into Excel CSV formats.

With CO2Count you gain:

  • Complete transparency for your greenhouse gas emissions
  • Ability to monitor continuingly
  • Benchmark for measuring emissions reductions
  • Independently sourced third-party evidence for emissions auditors

Another carbon-cutting solution

Those extra miles and hours burnt-up searching for a fuel station soon add up. The Driver’s Club app saves money by avoiding costly detours. The Driver’s Club app makes driving to your nearest fuel station a hassle-free experience. It uses your phone’s GPS to track your location, then pinpoints 1000s of UK forecourts to select the nearest one for you quickly. It also gives you access to premium services, big brand offers, and a wide range of additional benefits too.

Find out more about all these solutions and more in My Fleet Solutions.

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