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Alphabet reveals European fleet managers are unprepared for incoming CSRD requirements

posted on 07/05/2024

7 May 2024 – Today, Alphabet International releases its second European Fleet Emission Monitor (EFEM) report, which finds that fleet managers in Europe are unaware of the impact new sustainability legislation will have on their business. For example, with a specific focus on the European Union’s (EU) Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), over half (56%) of fleet managers do not consider the legislation to be a major incentive for improving sustainability measures, including how businesses collect CO2 emissions data.

By 2025, as part of the CRSD, the EU will expect businesses operating within the EU to report on their fleet emissions and continuously reduce their CO2 output. Given this will affect some UK Fleet Managers and with the likelihood of more legislation around emissions reporting coming into place soon on a global scale, businesses must understand their fleet’s data and have an electrification plan in place.

Alphabet International’s new report reveals a lack of awareness among fleet managers on how this new legislation will affect fleets and their reporting process. However, this lack of awareness does not stem from disinterest in progressing towards sustainability goals. In fact, 64% of European businesses are focused on making their fleet more sustainable as a part of their strategic business goals, and 62% of businesses aspire to become fully electric in the future. Despite these ambitions, the research – which surveyed data from over 1,000 respondents across 12 countries – also unearths the obstacles that businesses are facing in managing and progressing towards their emissions targets.

Fleet managers are still in the dark about their fleet’s carbon emissions
Despite the growing ambition among European businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and meet sustainability targets, the latest EFEM report shows that only 42% of these businesses currently monitor their fleet emissions, leaving more than half of fleet managers out of the loop on their carbon footprint. Among managers that are tracking fleet emissions, a quarter (25%) find it difficult to comprehend and understand the data they are collecting. 

Without a robust understanding of these insights, businesses are unable to implement progress towards their sustainability goals. The data also reveals that, despite the growing availability of digital fleet management systems, only three in 10 (31%) businesses are utilising this service to automate and analyse their fleet emissions reporting to streamline collecting and interpreting the data. 

EV education is crucial to achieve net-zero targets 
The EFEM report reveals a significant gap in knowledge when it comes to a business’ sustainable intentions and its fleet processes. Currently, 44% of fleet managers feel inadequately informed on how to minimise their emissions through vehicle electrification. This has reduced from 51% in 2023, demonstrating that, although adequate education around electrified vehicles (EVs) still poses a challenge, this understanding is being developed over time. Uncertainty around EVs is often the result of businesses overestimating the complexity of electrification. As a result, they are being deterred by challenges, such as range anxiety and concerns around charging infrastructure. 

Vital tools needed to help businesses take control of their carbon footprint
It is clear that businesses require greater support and guidance in how to navigate electrification and effectively reduce their CO2 emissions. The report’s findings also underscore the importance of partnering with an experienced fleet provider. With the support of a trusted fleet partner, businesses can track their fleet emissions data with comprehensive tools and services, but also learn to implement these insights with a tailored electrification plan delivered by their fleet provider. 

“Transitioning to a carbon-neutral fleet is a complex and gradual process,” says Markus Deusing, CEO of Alphabet International. “Under the CSRD, companies within the EU will be obligated to report on their sustainability journeys, yet many still undervalue the extensive effort needed to minimise CO2 emissions and move towards electrification. Without utilising the insights from fleet data, such as emissions tracking, companies are overlooking a golden opportunity. 

“Unless businesses digitalise their fleet management and electrify their fleet, they will not meet new regulatory targets and will exceed the thresholds. At Alphabet, we are actively developing cutting-edge solutions to help customers overcome the challenges identified in our study and advance their sustainability goals to make their mobility easier.”

Explore the latest EFEM results with more intriguing insights into sustainable fleets: Read online or download here

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