CO2 legislation: here's what to expect

CO2 legislation: here's what to expect

  • 01 November 2022
  • General , Consultancy

If you have 100 or more employees, your organisation will have to keep record of all employee travel and the CO2 emissions per trip from 1 January 2024. That’s quite a task, right? Additional operations, a huge mountain of paperwork and a chance of errors. No one wants that, of course, but it is mandatory. To help you on your way, this blog tells you more about the upcoming CO2 measurement obligation and explains what you can do now to be well prepared in the future. Let’s go.

What does the CO2 measurement obligation mean?

CO2 emissions must be drastically reduced. That is one of the most important pillars of the Climate Agreement. Did you know that more than half of all the kilometres we drive are work-related? That is why the government requires large employers to monitor the CO2 emissions caused by the travel behaviour of employees. This is included in the ‘Decree on CO2 Reduction Work-Related Mobility’.

Mandatory annual CO2 reporting

The measurement and reporting obligation has a significant impact on employers with 100 employees or more. This is because an annual report must be submitted on the total commuter and business kilometres of employees, including the type of fuel for those trips. Added together, all reports from employers should result in one million tons fewer CO2 emissions by 2030. The first evaluation of the total CO2 reduction will take place in 2026. Then it is decided whether a standard should be set per company and per employee.

This is what’s coming

Employees have different travel profiles and can often even vary on a daily basis in terms of if they travel and how. Freedom of choice and flexible mobility are all the rage these days, but can lead to additional complexity when it comes to measuring and registering business mobility. Why? Because for the new CO2 measurement, employers must have a clear picture of all travel movements, modes of transport and type of fuel. That’s quite a task! Suffice it to say, a regular kilometre log system alone isn’t enough because it leaves little room for the other, often more sustainable, forms of mobility.

Mobility registration with a single app

One way to record all employee travel movements is to use an integrated mobility solution. With a single application for booking, paying and administering mobility, employees can choose how they make their journeys on a daily basis. All these travel movements and the associated CO2 emissions are measured and reported automatically. All information is presented to you in a single detailed overview.

Climate-friendly mobility: what can you do now?

The purpose of the new measurement obligation is clear: employers should focus more on climate-friendly mobility. But how do you go about this? There are a lot of options. You can reduce CO2 emissions by allowing employees to work from home more and by offering sustainable ways of travel. Sustainable mobility becomes attractive by providing a Mobility Card for the use of public transport and electric shared mobility, homeworking allowances, and bicycle incentives. An additional advantage is that if you focus on sustainability and flexibility, you will also be a attractive employer to many employees.

Further information

Want to invest in sustainable mobility? Want to start registering and measuring all the mobility of your organisation on a single platform? Schedule a consultation now, we’re happy to help you on your way.

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