Dutch employers pledge to ‘fossil-free’ fleet of 23 000 cars by 2025
A group of 37 Dutch employers, united under the umbrella ‘Anders Reizen‘, or ‘Traveling Differently’, pledge to run a complete fossil-free car fleet for their employees by 2025, representing some 23 000 cars. Among these big names like Shell, Vattenfall, Philips, Pon, ProRail and NS, PwC, Rabobank, ING, or ABN Amro just to name a few. Others are invited to join.
The initiative fits in with the overall goal to cut back by 2030 CO2 emissions in the business world by 50% compared to 2016. A target that was embedded into the Dutch Climate Agreement of 2019. The members will report on their progress and share best practices.
Making commuting more sustainable can be done by promoting cycling and public transport with their employees and greening the company car fleet, replacing fossil fuel cars with fully electric ones.
Rather than in Belgium, where the government is thinking about imposing new company cars to be emission-free from 2026 on, big companies in the Netherlands decided to take action themselves and make at least 23 000 company cars fossil-free as soon as 2025.
500 000 employees
The ‘Anders Reizen’ coalition groups some 70 organizations representing a total of 500 000 employees. Since 2015, they try to make mobility more sustainable. Now 37 of them pledge to set a specific target of a total zero-emission fleet of company cars by 2025.
Among them, pioneers who are nearly there, like Royal HaskoningDHV, Eneco, Leaseplan, and Volksbank, and companies that have yet to start converting their fleet. The best practices and knowledge gathered to make the fleets more sustainable will be bundled in a ‘knowledge guide’, accessible via the coalition’s website, www.andersreizen.nu.
According to the coalition’s director, Hugo Houppermans, the Covid-19 pandemic speeded up a trend-setting of several years ago with more flexible, more sustainable commuting for employees.
“A new balance between teleworking and working at the office is creating new dilemmas for the employers,” Houppermans says. “New ways of working together ask to redefine work and traveling. Now is the time to take the next steps to a sustainable mobility policy.”
Drawbacks to switch rapidly to a fossil-free fleet of company cars for the employees are the limited but growing offerings of affordable EVs with a sufficient range and today’s terms of leasing contracts. But Houppermans points that companies today can choose for shorter lease contracts to make the switch to EVs sooner, when available in larger numbers.
“The total cost of ownership (TCO) can already be lower than for fossil-fuel cars,” Houppermans says. “My advice is to map this out for your organization as soon as possible.”