LeasePlan Emirates becomes a founding member of the Dutch Sustainability Group in the UAE

The Group aims to promote Dutch Sustainability initiatives  in the UAE

January 15, 2020

On January 14, 2020 LeasePlan Emirates joined a number of other prominent Dutch companies operating in the UAE in founding the Dutch Sustainability Group and signing a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly help the UAE achieve its sustainable development goals. A special signing ceremony took place during the World Future Energy Summit held in the capital as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The ceremony was attended by his Excellency Thani Ahmed Alzeyoudi, the UAE Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, his Excellency Peter Potman, the Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Trade for the Netherlands and his Excellency Lody Embrechts, Netherlands Ambassador to the UAE. The Memorandum was signed on behalf of LeasePlan Emirates by Ajay Narain, Managing Director.

The Dutch Sustainability Group was set up within the  umbrella of the Netherlands Business Council in Dubai. The Memorandum of  Understanding outlined the mission of the members of the Group, which is to  create awareness and business opportunities for its members in the field of  Sustainability through:

  - Education and Communication   - Thought Leadership   - Government Access

LeasePlan’s sustainability strategy has three key focus areas:   - Shaping the future of low-emission mobility   - Strengthening LeasePlan’s contribution to societal wellbeing   - Reducing LeasePlan’s environmental impact

Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, highlighted LeasePlan’s  commitment: “Climate change is the biggest challenge we face as humanity, and  as road transport accounts for around 20% of global CO2 emissions,  we’re determined to play our part. That’s why we want to achieve zero tailpipe  emissions from our entire fleet of 1.9 million vehicles by 2030, starting with our employees’ vehicles. We want to be transparent with our customers,  investors and other stakeholders, about how our zero-emission journey is going  and where we can improve. Our mantra is, if it’s reportable, it’s measurable –  and then we can be held accountable.”

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