In New Zealand alone, global fleet and vehicle management company LeasePlan manages more than 16,000 vehicles for clients representing corporate, government and SME's. And when you think about it, 16,000 vehicles equates to a hefty amount of carbon output. But the company has been working on mitigating and offsetting the environmental effects of its clients’ fleets with the help of its GreenPlan programme. And, in conjunction with the Sustainable Business Networks’ GreenFleet programme, GreenPlan will this year lead to 26,300 trees being planted in New Zealand. Or put another way, 900 hectares of rejuvenated forest that will remove 3,900 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.
The GreenFleet programme, which was designed to help and encourage businesses to actively reduce both the costs, and associated harmful impacts, of transportation, will facilitate this year’s tree planting through its Carbon4Good programme, designed specifically to help New Zealand businesses offset CO2 emissions that result from their business activities through native tree planting.
LeasePlan New Zealand managing director Charles Willmer says the company is responding to an increased awareness and demand for offsetting options from clients.
“We have seen the topic of sustainable fleets move from being all about CO2 into now mainstream business practice covering consideration of environmental factors (e.g. CO2, emissions etc.), social (safety rating, OSH concerns) and financial (total cost of ownership). Under our Green Plan brand, our team are designing fleet policies for clients that meet their objectives in all three areas,” he says.
Public Trust, Bayer, Schering-Plough, Lumley and Century Batteries are among the clients to get on board the off setting initiative.