How to Reduce CO₂ Emission of Your Business Fleet?
In the last few months, several ominous news have appeared regardingthe health of our environment: US steps out Paris agreement, the yellow vest protests in Paris, according to a new report, the emission of 2018 reached a 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. The warming of the planet is directly caused by a phenomenon known as the Greenhouse Gas Effect. CO2 emissions account for approximately 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. According to 2016 European Environment Agency in 2016, the transport sector contributed 27 % 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.
EU Targets Fighting Against Climate Change
One of the major goals set by the EU is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. 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 efficiency of cars sold on the European market. In 2007, the average vehicle emitted 158.7 grams of CO2 per kilometer (g CO2/km). The EU has set a target to cut these emissions by 18% by 2015, and 40% by 2021. 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 transportation sector is transitioning vehicle fleet to zero-emission models. Companies that decide to switch to all-electric vehicles will often obtain significant financial benefits. By electrifying this sector of transportation significant emission reduction could be achieved without compromising on business continuity. 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%, which is equal to the amount of CO₂ 9627 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 nor 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 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 one of humanity's greatest challenge. 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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