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How to Reduce CO₂  Emission of Your Business Fleet

How to Reduce CO₂ Emission of Your Business Fleet

In the last months several ominous news has appeared regarding environmental issues: the US steps out Paris agreement, the yellow vest protests in Paris, according to a new report, the emission of 2018 jumped to record high. The global trends are going the opposite way as it should to avoid a future climate catastrophe.

Global Warming in Numbers

Human activities over the last 150 years have raised carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere higher than it has been for hundred of thousands of years. This emission has caused the warming of the planet. CO₂ emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. Based on European Commission statistics in 2016, the transport sector contributed 24 % of total EU-28 greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding the dangers of climate change European Union has issued numerous provisions to stop and reverse the process.

Source: European Environmental Agency

Source: European Environmental Agency

EU Targets Fighting Against Climate Change

One of the main targets of fighting against climate change is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 % compared to 1990 levels by 2050. A key assumption in the White Paper is that technologies that contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions, such as the electrification of road transport and development of sustainable fuels, will be increasingly available, especially after 2030. EU legislation sets mandatory emission reduction targets for passenger vehicles.

This legislation is the cornerstone of the EU's strategy to improve the fuel economy of cars sold on the European market. The 2015 and 2021 targets represent reductions of 18% and 40% respectively compared with the 2007 fleet average of 158.7 grams of CO₂ per kilometer (g CO₂/km). The average emissions level of a new car sold in 2017 was 118.5 grams of CO₂ per kilometer, significantly below the 2015 target of 130 g.

Reducing Emission by Fleet Electrification

One of the most promising solutions of reducing CO2 emission in this domain is transitioning vehicle fleet to zero-emission models. One company starting its own fleet electrification project can achieve major  impact and financial benefits. By electrifying this sector of transportation significant emission reduction could be achieved without compromising on business continuity of the business world. Let's look behind the numbers.

A fleet of 41 vehicles driving 98.373 km in a month period produces 211.798 kg CO₂. By transitioning to electric vehicle models this emission could be reduced by 90%. It is an equal amount of CO₂ 9.627 average trees can absorb in one year period. (a single tree can absorb as much as 22 kgs of CO₂ per year.)

The good news is that with fleet electrification neither environmental or financial goals need to be compromised. Besides significantly lowering CO₂ emission of the fleet operating electric vehicles can have positive return on investment. By analyzing the vehicle patterns and consciously choosing the vehicle segments to transition to electric models the companies can achieve average 10% total cost of ownership saving in 5 years ownership period.

However, fleet electrification alone can't solve humanity's one of the most challenging problems. It is not enough to reverse global warming, but it must be one of the basic pillars of initiatives fighting against it. It can provide an actionable solution that corporate businesses could take for a more sustainable future.

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