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ALD claims fleet CO2 cuts continue

Date: 13 October 2009

Leasing firm ALD Automotive has reported a 3% fall in CO2 output for new company cars ordered by its customers in the first nine months of this year.

ALD has seen the average CO2 of new fleet cars fall below 150g/km for the first time since the business started recording the stats in 2003.

Average annual contracted mileage has also fallen an now stands at 18,127 miles.

The news follows rival firm Lex revealing its has an average CO2 figure across its entire fleet of 152g/km.

ALD attributed the fall to recessionary pressures. David Yates, ALD marketing director, said: "Vehicle technology and fiscal tax regimes will continue to drive the trend towards low emission company cars. Meanwhile, the recession has increased businesses' focus on cost control and that is influencing vehicle use.

"Fuel is the second biggest vehicle expense after depreciation, so by encouraging drivers to think if a journey is necessary and making mileage management a key fleet performance indicator, companies are also able to save cash."

ALD New car CO2 figures
YearCO2 (g/km)Mileage*
2009 (Jan-Sept)146.918,127
* annual contracted mileage