One in five (20%) of employers do not measure their fleet’s CO₂ emissions, new research has revealed.
Alphabet’s European Fleet Emission Monitor found that while three in five (61%) companies recognise sustainability as important in their fleet planning and almost the same number (60%) acknowledge its overall significance in decision making, most still neglect to monitor their carbon emissions.
In terms of general awareness of sustainability, more than half (51%) of employers view it as important in making business decisions, yet just 37% actively monitor their CO₂ emissions and 17% are not at all aware of them at all.
The survey of around 700 fleet managers across Europe discovered that of those companies without a suitable monitoring system, 48.3% rely on their own calculations based on fuel consumption data, while another third (31.3%) rely on Excel spreadsheets containing manufacturer information.
The research also showed that electrification is still the greatest challenge in employers’ sustainability journeys, with nearly seven in 10 (69%) expecting their fleets to eventually become fully electric and three in 10 (30%) believing they will be completely free of both petrol and diesel with six to 10 years.
However, the study additionally revealed that in order to achieve this a number of obstacles need to be overcome, cited by most (94%) of fleet managers. Range and charging infrastructure topped this list, at 38% and 36% respectively.
According to Alphabet International’s CEO Markus Deusing, the survey is “a wake-up call for companies to take immediate action to reduce their emissions and adopt a more sustainable approach”.
He said: “Sustainability has gained a much higher significance in decision-making over the past couple of years, and success and sustainability need to be compatible.”