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2022 Industry Fleet Sustainability Ranking

Making the switch to a low-emission fleet is one of the easiest ways for a business to reduce its environmental footprint. Road transport accounts for approximately 20% of CO2 emissions in the EU alone, and given that around 50% of vehicles on the road today are registered to corporate organisations, businesses are extremely important in the transition to more sustainable mobility.
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At LeasePlan, we are dedicated to supporting the low-emission vehicle revolution, and, accordingly, we conduct in-depth research into industry fleets in Europe, with a focus on sustainability. Covering 24 European countries, this research ranks the fleets of eight different industries on four factors: the share of diesel, the share of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the share of hybrid and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and the level of CO2 emissions.

This year, we are proud to publish the fifth edition of our Industry Fleet Sustainability Ranking. It focuses on the following industries: automotive; construction; consumer goods; energy & chemicals; financial & professional services; healthcare & pharma; industrial; and technology. In this article, we take a look at the highlights from the report – to see the complete ranking, click below.

The 2022 Industry Fleet Sustainability Ranking

The 2022 Industry Fleet Sustainability Ranking

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Coming out on top for the second year in a row: the technology industry, which performed strongly in all four categories. The financial & professional services and energy & chemicals industries came in a close second and third place, with only their low hybrid and PHEV scores preventing them from taking the top spot. These three industries have consistently scored highly in our rankings, with all showing a willingness to change their fleet composition with the aim of lowering their average fleet CO2 emissions.

It is also promising to see that all the industries studied have seen a decrease in CO2 emissions from their fleets since 2019. This is due to the replacement of diesel vehicles with low- or zero-emitting alternatives. Overall, the energy & chemicals industry has the lowest CO2 emissions, thanks to its high share of BEVs.

A transitional trend: PHEVs and hybrids

Since the introduction of tougher EU CO2 thresholds in 2021, PHEVs and hybrids have surged in popularity, with their share having tripled since 2019 in each of the eight industries. The consumer goods sector is leading this trend, with PHEVs and hybrids making up 31.6% of vehicles in these fleets. It seems these powertrains are an important transitional step for corporate fleets in their journeys to zero-emission mobility.


What data is used in this research? The study covers all passenger cars leased from LeasePlan by companies with an international fleet (500K+ vehicles).Do you have benchmarks for all industries? We have benchmarks available for six of the eight industries: construction, consumer goods, financial & professional services, healthcare & pharma, industrial and technology. They can be found [here](targetSelf:/sitecore/service/notfound.aspx?item=web%3a%7b973B31C9-C97E-490B-BB40-C68299667EE0%7d%40en) How are the factors weighted? The four factors are weighted equally (25% each); however, in the case of equal scores, the CO~2~ level prevails over the other factors.What’s the difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid? Hybrid cars rely on fuel to charge their batteries while driving; PHEVs typically have a larger battery and are charged via a plug.

Industry definitions

  1. fleet_mid_orangeAutomotive

    Companies operating in the vehicle-development supply chain (including OEMs and aftermarket companies but not including rental companies)

  2. roadAssistanceConstruction

    Companies involved in building or infrastructure development or in the supply chains thereof

  3. agricultural-equipment_LConsumer goods

    Companies developing or selling consumer products (FMCGs, retailers, etc.)

  4. oilBarrelEnergy & chemicals

    Companies operating in the production, distribution or sale of energy (oil, electricity, gas) or chemicals

  5. greatPriceEuroFinancial & professional services

    Companies offering financial products (banks, insurers, etc.) or professional services (accountancy, consultancy)

  6. Soap_hands_LHealthcare & pharma

    Companies developing, selling or buying healthcare products (including pharmaceutical drugs)

  7. maintenanceIndustrial

    Companies producing or maintaining physical materials or products for the B2B sector

  8. Leaseplan cell phone iconTechnology

    Companies primarily involved in the development of hardware or software products

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June 3, 2022
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