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Fleets continue to drive down average emissions, reports Arval

The vehicle leasing and fleet management specialist said the average CO2 of cars delivered to customers in 2014 was 114.4g/km, which is also a favourable result in comparison with the wider market. Figures for the second quarter of 2014 released in the BVRLA Quarterly Leasing Survey suggested that the national average emissions for new vehicles registered were 123.8g/km.

The company attributes this continued reduction in CO2 to a combination of factors. These include:

  • The improved emissions of new vehicles entering the market
  • A desire from businesses to limit their environmental impact
  • The direct link for drivers between Benefit-in-Kind and the environmental performance of their vehicle
  • Manufacturers releasing models with smaller, turbo-charged Petrol engines which reduce CO2, improve MPG, and reduce overall fuel costs.

At the same time, Arval saw growth in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles that it leases. The figure increased in the UK from 888 in 2013 to 1,081 last year.

Robert Pieczka, the director responsible for corporate social responsibility at Arval commented: ‘With vehicle costs and CO2 emissions going hand-in-hand, the environmental performance of the fleet is often a high priority for our customers. We spend a lot of time working with them to deliver the most sustainable and cost effective fleet policy for their business.’

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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.