Three out of four companies encourage sustainable mobility
More and more Belgian companies are offering green mobility options in their pay packages. The newspaper De Tijd reports, based on a survey conducted by HR services company Acerta among more than 500 Belgian companies.
The turnaround is coming through the announced reform of company car taxation and hybrid work. As of 2026, only company cars that do not emit greenhouse gases will be fully deductible. Belgian companies today put sustainable mobility at number two on their list of most important HR themes for the next three years with this prospect in mind.
Number one in the results of the Acerta survey is working independently of time and place (39% compared to 35% for greening the vehicle fleet). In other words, it looks like telecommuting will likely continue long after the pandemic.
Almost half of the companies (47%) are currently also encouraging their employees to work sustainably. They do this by offering green transport options through remuneration—another 28% plan to do so within two years.
The most popular option offered is the e-bike (47%), closely followed by subscriptions to public transport (46%), the electric company car (40%), mobility budgets (37%), and the promotion of car sharing (18%).
“A few years ago,” says Acerta, “sustainable mobility hardly had a place in the operations of Belgian companies, but it is now becoming a priority.”
This is not so surprising since, besides taxation, the ban on diesel and petrol cars in the Brussels Capital Region from 2035 also plays a role. The impact of the new tax systems and the ban is more important the larger the car fleet, and this has suddenly made the electric company car a much more attractive option.
Larger companies are already taking more steps towards a greener fleet than small businesses: more than 50% in companies with 250 employees or more versus 36% in companies with fewer than 10 employees.
Remarkable in that context: a new survey, conducted by HR consultant and social secretariat Securex in July, with a representative sample of 1 512 Belgian employees, showed a large part of them is not itching to get an electric company car. One in three (31%) even don’t want it at all.