Eliminating emissions from the automotive sector is one of the great global challenges of our age and cannot be achieved by any one organisation alone. Tackling climate- and air-quality related automotive emissions will require a cross-sector effort from government, NGOs and the private sector, acting together to address challenges in many different areas. We work with all stakeholder groups — OEMs, policy makers, consumers and mobility companies — to implement consistent, cost-effective, long-term policies and incentives that support the adoption of low-emission technologies. A particular focus will be on working with key stakeholders to develop consistent and verifiable targets for further reducing NOx emissions, which are a major cause of air pollution in our cities.
A key barrier to the adoption of low-emission vehicles is a lack of knowledge around options available and requirements for their successful implementation among consumers, legislators and company car policymakers (e.g., concerning charging facility requirements). We therefore work with all key stakeholders to support the sharing of best practice and address knowledge
In addition to engaging in education and advocacy activities, we will proactively facilitate the adoption of low-emission vehicles by our customers via the following actions: targeting relevant customers with low-emission value propositions, based on high-quality operational services; offering ‘full package’ solutions, including charging options; partnering with leading OEMs to ensure we can offer a low-emission vehicle at a competitive price to our customers; addressing issues around the residual value of low-emission vehicles; and harnessing the latest digital technologies to support our customers in driving more safely and efficiently.
Today, CO2 emissions from LeasePlan’s own company car fleet is 6% lower compared to our global customer fleet. As a responsible company, we will continue to lead by example when it comes to the adoption of zero and low-emission vehicles by promoting them to our own employees. We are also committed to working with partners globally on flagship sustainable transport initiatives, building on the success of initiatives such as our uber GREEN partnership in Portugal.
Measurement and targets
Average CO2 emissions from our global fleet (excluding the U.S.) have dropped considerably in recent years: from 180 grams CO2/km for petrol cars and 152 grams CO2/km for diesel cars in early 2011 to 131 grams CO2/km for petrol cars and 114 grams CO2/km for diesel cars at the end of 2016. Within the European Union, emissions from new cars ordered in 2016 were lower still at 124 grams CO2/km for petrol cars and 110 grams CO2/km for diesel cars, surpassing the EU target of 130 grams CO2/km by 2015 and putting us well on track to achieve the 2021 target of 95 grams CO2/km. In 2017, we will publish intermediate targets based on regional roadmaps to ensure we achieve our goal of net zero emissions from the automotive sector by 2030.
How we do business
The LeasePlan Code of Conduct explains how we must approach our business dealings. The Code of Conduct is founded on sound business ethics and respect for stakeholders and society. Setting high standards give clients, suppliers and business partners the confidence to work with LeasePlan. The Code of Conduct guides all employees in their efforts to balance the interests of people, the planet and profit. When conducting business for LeasePlan, consultants, contractors, agents and joint venture partners are all expected to observe the same standards of conduct as LeasePlan employees.