As a responsible company, LeasePlan is committed to achieving net zero emissions from the automotive sector by 2030, supporting the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and climate-related Sustainable Development Goals. Whatever action we take or new markets we enter over the coming years, we will therefore use our scale, expertise and broad geographic presence to be at the heart of the discussion on sustainability. We aim to help create healthier environments in our towns and cities by promoting cleaner, low-emission vehicles and the infrastructure required to make these cars a viable option for our customers. Our commitment to achieving net zero emissions from the automotive sector by 2030 is not an optional add-on to our day-to-day activities: it is an important driver of our business, contributing to the developments of effective, rewarding and sustainable solutions, partnerships and markets.
To achieve our goal of net zero emissions by 2030, we have developed a four-step strategy:
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 uberGREEN partnership in Portugal.