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DFS cuts car fleet emissions by 13% over three years

Over the last three years, average car CO2 emissions have fallen by more than 13% to 113.8g/km compared to the 131.0g/km average of 2012.

Made up of more than 450 vehicles, the total DFS car fleet now has average emissions of 116.9g/km, and with older models due for replacement over the next 6-12 months, this average is expected to fall further.

The firm partnered with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions in 2012 with the aim of reducing its environmental impact and achieving a greener fleet.

Utilising a Whole Life Cost approach with future proof planning and a multi-brand approach, the new Hitachi Capital solution marked a shift away from the previous leasing provider’s approach, which was largely based on vehicle choice from one brand, to selecting models with technology that would deliver the best savings from a variety of manufacturers.

This approach continues to deliver for DFS, with the latest order bank of vehicles having average CO2 emissions of just 100.5g/km, one of the lowest average emission fleets in the country and an improvement of 6g/km over the previous order bank. When delivered, these vehicles will be some 23.3% lower than the 131.0g/km 2012 average, and further reduce the fleet’s overall average.

Toni Flower, strategic account manager for DFS at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, commented: “At Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, we ensure complete alignment in aims and targets. For DFS, its priority was to reduce the fleet’s environmental impact; therefore we devised a strategy that would deliver this over both the short and long term. Three years on, I’m pleased to see the approach continues to deliver, with emissions of the newest vehicles almost a fifth lower than 2012.”

Andrew Stephenson, HR Director at DFS, commented, “"We take our impact on the environment very seriously. We've been manufacturing ourselves here in the UK for more than 45-years. During that time we have seen how technology can drive environmental benefits. We see cars as no different and brief Hitachi Capital accordingly.

"Hitachi Capital continues to deliver against the challenging brief of saving the company money, reducing environmental impact but maximising options for drivers. We now have savings presented alongside a comprehensive selection of vehicles. This creates a win-win situation for employees, who have more vehicle choice but can maintain or reduce tax and running costs.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.