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Grosvenor Leasing


Green agenda set to gather pace for companies with vehicle fleets


If any good can come from the global lockdown, it’s the positive impact on the environment. Air pollution has dropped to unprecedented levels across the


world as major cities and countries impose lockdown measures. As we stay inside, the environment is temporarily changing,


with wild animals photographed roaming the streets, images showing the water in Venice to be clear and, in places like Punjab in India, city residents saying they can now see the snow peaks of the Himalayas; a view that has been blocked by air pollution for decades. According to Paul Monks, professor of air pollution at the


University of Leicester, ‘We are now, inadvertently, conducting the largest-scale experiment ever seen. Are we looking at what we might see in the future if we can move to a low-carbon economy?’ But will this bring about a new social conscience and change our


attitude towards the environment permanently? Lee Brown is the Grosvenor Group’s leading advisor on green


issues, heading up the company’s 0Zone solution, and he believes it will. 0Zone is the innovative green solution that helps business- es make the smooth transition to ultra-low emission and electric vehicles. Since its launch in 2017, 0Zone has helped many companies re- duce their emissions, an example being at Tata Steel where plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles now make up almost 20% of the vehicle


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fleet, Te total annual carbon emissions has re- duced by 12.3%, and the average CO2 is down to 98.99 g/km, a movement of -11% and despite the introduction of the higher WLTP CO2s. As a result, their annual fuel costs have fallen by over a quarter of a million pounds, a saving of 10.6%. Most recently, the 0Zone proposition has been


broadened to cover three key areas associated with operating a greener fleet. Tese are the en- vironmental, financial and operational implica- tions, with Lee and his team working closely with companies to find the optimum combination of all three. “Moving to alternative fuels, and reducing


emissions, isn’t as simple as just adding EVs and plug-in hybrids to your vehicle choice list,” said Lee.


“Tere are ramifications across the business


which need to be carefully considered and analysed. “Take, for example, the financial impact.


Electric vehicles generally have a higher on-the- road price, but a lower whole life cost, and the true price forecasted across a number of years has to be mapped out. “Tere is also the tax position, for both com-


pany and driver. Full electric vehicles currently attract zero benefit-in-kind (and Zero Employers


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