Revised employee choice list helps Arval to drive down fleet CO2 emissions
So says leasing and fuel management company Arval, which seen its average fleet CO2 fall to 128g/km as a result of changes to its own choice list for employees.
As part of the company's ongoing commitment to limit its environmental impact, Arval's fleet & road safety manager, Tracey Scarr, worked with the Arval Consulting team to set maximum CO2 limits for each entitlement band as well as pulling the most efficient vehicles into a special "ECO group" which is made up of a range of sub-110g/km vehicles and includes hybrid models such as the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. In fact 25% of drivers that have taken delivery of a new company car in the last 12 months at Arval have chosen a vehicle from the ECO group.
In addition to the normal tax breaks and reduced running costs that low-emitting vehicles bring, nearly all employees selecting a vehicle from this group receive the incentive of a trade-down allowance from Arval; a monthly payment included within their salary.
For Arval this has had a very positive impact with average fleet CO2 quickly falling to 128g/km, which is 16g/km below the average for new car sales in 2010 (144.2).
Scarr said: 'Our new choice list has proven to be very successful in influencing the vehicle selection habits of many of our employees and reducing the average emissions of our fleet. With average CO2 falling to 128g/km in less than a year, this provides a clear demonstration of how a well thought-out choice list can positively shape behaviour.'
She added: 'Our whole-life cost approach means that the choice list remains broad and we are by no means forcing drivers to select the greenest vehicles. However, with environmental performance and costs directly linked, selecting more efficient cars has become a compelling choice for many Arval employees.'