Skip To The Main Content

Reducing your environmental impact with a fleet policy

Carbon emissions are still extremely high across the globe, so anything that you can do to reduce the environmental impact that your small business has will make a world of difference. There are lots of areas within a business that you can strengthen in order to become more environmentally friendly, but perhaps the best place to start is with your vehicle fleet.

We’ve put together this helpful information to guide you through the process of evaluating your vehicle(s) and reducing your carbon footprint. We’d love to get your feedback, so if you’re willing to take on the challenge, then keep us up to date by emailing yourstories@fsb.org.uk.

Reducing your environmental impact with a fleet policy

Assess:

Begin with an assessment of your current vehicle fleet, look at your fuel consumption and the average MPG (miles per gallon) of each vehicle. In order to make your fleet greener, look for vehicles that have smaller engines, lower CO2 emissions with higher MPG. If you can afford to do so, remove the worst performing vehicles altogether.

Assess the current behaviour of your drivers, encourage a change if you’re not satisfied with the quality of the driving.

Develop:

Once the fleet is in place, create an environmental policy or develop any existing plans. The main aim of these plans should be to try and keep emissions to a minimum.

Set targets:

Targets are an efficient way of keeping yourself on the right track. Set targets for reducing the amount of fuel used and emissions your vehicle(s) produce. Almost one fifth of fleet cost is down to fuel alone, so any reduction on that is an added bonus.

Adapt: 

Changing the way that people think is a near impossible task, but adapting behaviour is something that you can work on. Keep the green initiative at the forefront of your employee’s minds, encourage efficient route planning and the removal of excess weight from the vehicles – both of these will reduce the amount of fuel used.

Improve: 

Discuss with staff what the implications of poor driving can be and how that can impact your business. Driving poorly has a huge impact on the amount of fuel used, so encourage smooth driving which avoids sharp braking or acceleration. Providing employees with factual information about their cars will help to put the businesses fuel economy into perspective.

Reduce: 

A great way to save yourself funds and fuel is to reduce vehicle usage all together. Encourage car-sharing and organise business meetings that can take place via video calling rather than face to face.

Keep Track:

Monitor the businesses progress, compare results against monthly targets. You must also maintain vehicles in order to reduce emissions, incorrect tyre-pressure can reduce tyre life and increase fuel consumption by at least 2.5 per cent. Celebrate employees that are able to reduce emissions or fuel used, good drivers should be rewarded!

Invest:

Think about all great ways you can give back to the environment or prevent further damage: invest in forestation and alternative energy products.

At the Federation of Small Businesses, we offer our members a wide range of benefits that come as part of their annual membership. FSB Vehicle Services, which is provided by Arval, supplies you with the support and advice needed to cultivate an efficient fleet.

If you’re interested in setting up your own vehicle fleet or would simply like to find out more, visit our FSB Vehicle Services page or sign up for membership today.

FSB Vehicle Services from FSB

A one-stop-shop for your motoring needs, providing exclusive leasing and buy-outright options, as well as regular advice to keep you ahead of the game.

Find out more