A fleet has achieved a significant reduction in its CO2 emissions after more staff than expected opted for less polluting models.
Earlier this year, staff at media group Archant were incentivised to shift to lower emitting Vauxhall models when the company offered to cover their benefit-in-kind bill if they switched.
The 550 company car drivers, who were all in Vauxhall Astra cars, were encouraged to switch to newer and cleaner eco-flex models. They were also given the option to downsize to smaller Corsa models.
The eco-flex Astra emits 109g/km of CO2, while the Corsa eco-flex emits just 98g/km.
The intention was to drive down the fleet’s current CO2 emission levels from an average of 146g/km to around 118g/km.
Greg Parton, Archant’s head of procurement and sustainability, said: “I originally budgeted on a 10% take-up for this project but it’s actually about 30% – and that’s great.
“While Archant is not saving any money by introducing it, we are doing our bit for the environment.”
The project has been fleet management provider CLM, whose managing director Tony Hulatt said: “Archant is to be applauded for its environmental initiative and for encouraging the take-up of greener, less polluting vehicles.”