The EST finds that in fact having a green vehicle policy can save businesses £900 per car per year, with a potential savings of £2.6 billion to the industry as a whole. 48% of companies surveyed (out of 231) had a green policy, but only 42% of these policies included reference to green vehicles. Environmental concerns are low down the priority list when the company car list is drawn up and very few companies incentivise the use of green vehicles where they are available. When cash alternatives are given the majority of employers display little interest or concern about the type of vehicle purchased by the individual. The report concludes that a cultural change is required to ensure that greener vehicles become as or more desirable than the traditional higher status cars within the vehicle fleet.
Interestingly, also in the news this morning is news that Google are trialling the use of hybrid electric plug-in vehicles as part of a green company action plan developed following an audit from the Environmental Resources Trust, which aspires to carbon neutrality by the end of 2007. Some blogs have commented that Google should stick with what it knows, and not dabble in transport policy, but this development can only be seen as a positive step. Looking at the impact transport is not just a job for government, but is one for business and individuals as well. With such a significant company looking into the issue, one can only hope that enthusiasm for addressing the issue grows.
(Source: Business car 21st June, 2007)