On 23 November 2023, Webfleet – Bridgestone’s global fleet management solution – received certification for its CO2 reporting tool from TÜV Rheinland, one of the world’s leading verification bodies. The tool will enable businesses to measure CO2 produced by their fleets based on driving data.

Images supplied by Webfleet

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The certified Webfleet CO2 Report shows not only how much CO2 emissions vehicles are causing, but also why and where it is happening. This real-time and historical insight enables businesses to take better, targeted action to reduce their carbon footprint. It also supports them to accurately report on the level of direct CO2 emissions caused by the vehicles they own to help them meet the demands of regulations such as the EU’s new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).

Justin Manson, sales director at Webfleet South Africa, explains that, at this stage, the tool will be for the EU market, as there is a need to understand CO2 rules in different geographies and change the tool accordingly. Despite this, it is a useful tool linked directly to fuel usage.

Manson emphasises, “CO2 emissions are directly linked to fuel usage, so by monitoring and reducing CO2 emissions businesses would automatically reduce their fuel spend. Importantly, it is not necessarily the reporting tool alone that will help businesses lower emissions and fuel costs. Webfleet, as a SaaS platform, will assist businesses in becoming more efficient. The tool will draw data from Webfleet to monitor how well businesses are progressing in reducing emissions.”

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In the EU, after the regulation comes into play next year, fleets will increasingly be required to provide accurate data on the CO2 produced by their company, set carbon reduction targets and implement effective actions to reduce emissions​​. While larger enterprises will be the first required to directly report their CO2 data to the EU, the number of businesses that need to comply will increase over the coming years. Also, the regulation demands that an organisation reports not only on the emissions directly produced by its vehicles but also those produced indirectly across its value chain – for example, emissions from vehicles owned by their suppliers.

That means smaller businesses that do not yet need to report CO2 data directly to the EU could still find themselves impacted by CSRD next year if they provide services to an organisation that does need to report. Those larger customers may request accurate CO2 data from their suppliers and the ability to do so could become a competitive advantage.

With decarbonisation a top priority for the industry, sustainable transport is the focus of this year’s Fleet Europe Summit, a leading conference bringing together fleet and mobility leaders from across the continent.

Speaking today at Fleet Europe Summit in Lisbon, Taco van der Leij, vice-president of Webfleet Europe at Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, said, “Our CO2 reporting tool is a certified, accurate way to calculate your fleet’s direct CO2 emissions. But there’s much more to decarbonisation than just reporting. Our data-driven mobility solutions empower customers to take a holistic approach to reducing their fleet’s carbon footprint. From advising fleets on electrification to optimising energy consumption and smart charging, cutting out driving habits that waste fuel, maintaining tyres at the right pressure, keeping drivers on the best routes and beyond, we’re a partner for businesses that want to take real action to run more sustainably.

“Data is the key to making that happen. It is only with accurate, actionable data insights on CO2 emissions that businesses can know they are doing the right things to reduce them. By connecting your vehicles with a leading telematics solution like Webfleet, you can get those insights. We sum it up in three steps: Connect, Measure, Reduce. That’s how you can not only reach your environmental goals but also drive business efficiency and profitability at the same time.”

Source: Supplied by Webfleet, edited by Sharyn Macnamara

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Over 60 000 businesses across the world use Webfleet to improve fleet efficiency, support drivers, boost safety, stay compliant and work more sustainably. For more than 20 years it has been        empowering fleet managers with data-driven insights that help them optimise their operations.

The fleet management solution contributes towards the delivery of the Bridgestone E8 Commitment. This broad, global corporate commitment clearly defines the value Bridgestone is                      promising to deliver to society, customers and future generations in eight focus areas: energy, ecology, efficiency, extension, economy, emotion, ease and empowerment. These provide a                  compass to guide strategic priorities, decision-making and actions throughout every area of the business.

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