LeasePlan has taken a leadership role in the transition from internal combustion engines to alternative powertrains, in support of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and climate-related Sustainable Development Goals. In 2017, we announced our commitment to achieving net zero emissions from our total fleet by 2030, the first company in our industry to do so. Here are some highlights from 2017.

1. Founding partner EV100

LeasePlan became a founding partner of EV100, a new major global transport initiative designed to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles among corporate companies launched by The Climate Group around the United Nations General Assembly in New York. EV100 members commit to transition their petrol and diesel fleets to electric vehicle fleets by 2030. Other EV100 founding partners are Unilever, Baidu, IKEA Group, HP Inc., Vattenfall, PG&E, Deutsche Post DHL and Metro AG. LeasePlan is the only automotive company to join the initiative.

2. Launched electric vehicle proposition at UN COP23

LeasePlan launched its electric vehicle pilot program for large corporate organizations during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. LeasePlan’s new EV pilot program is designed to make it as easy as possible for the growing number of large companies that want to make the switch to low-emission vehicles. The pilot includes low-emission vehicles, charging infrastructure and high-impact carbon offsetting.

3. Supported the G20’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations

LeasePlan signed an international business declaration in support of the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Set up two years ago by the G20’s Financial Stability Board, the TCFD has developed a set of recommendations for companies to disclose information on how they oversee and manage climate-related risks and opportunities, as well as the material risks and opportunities to which they are exposed. Work will continue in 2017 to ensure the consistent implementation of TCFD recommendations within LeasePlan. We will also work with our customers to ensure they understand the potential impact of the TFCD recommendations upon their own reporting and disclosure activities – and the role that low-emission vehicles can play in reducing their overall emissions footprint.

4. Launched first annual Sustainable Fleet Benchmark

LeasePlan developed and launched its first annual Sustainable Fleet Benchmark, which underlines the significant contribution that corporate fleets can make in the fight against climate change, and highlights the organisations that are already switching to sustainable fleets. The Benchmark’s findings are based on an analysis of LeasePlan’s database of over 500,000 vehicles across more than 30 countries, operating in sectors ranging from healthcare to technology.

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