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Fleet software firms add CO2 reporting facilities

Date: 05 September 2013   |   Author: Tristan Young

Fleet management software leaders Chevin and Jaama have added CO2 monitoring that will allow businesses to comply with CO2 reporting legislation that comes into effect today, 1 October 2013.

While the new regulations only apply to companies listed on the Stock Exchange, many large, privately owned businesses are also expected to adopt the practice, which means they must detail emissions information on all transport activity they undertake, including the cars, vans and trucks they operate, in their annual report.

Chevin's MD, Ashley Sowerby, said: "We have included easy-to-use CO2 reports as part of the standard reporting suite in FleetWave for many years, but the new GHG [greenhouse gas] report is more comprehensive and will fully answer corporate needs for the new legislation.

"Compiling this kind of information is potentially onerous for fleet managers and being able to produce the report through FleetWave at the touch of a button has obvious benefits."

Jaama MD, Martin Evans, said: "Carbon reporting is already a major issue for many businesses in respect of their corporate social responsibility agenda, and the new regulation only increases that demand.

"Overall, the effect of introducing an emissions focus will be to operate a cleaner, greener fleet that potentially clocks up fewer miles, thus cutting costs. Highlighting reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can also enhance a company's reputation and brand value."

Contract hire and leasing firm Ogilvie Fleet was the first company to introduce Jaama's customer dashboard. Its sales and marketing director Nick Hardy said: "We integrated carbon reporting at the development stage of [our] MiFleet Showroom four years ago because it is important criteria for our customers.

"The reporting facility enables our customers to have a snapshot of individual vehicle emission levels and the carbon footprint of their entire fleet at any moment in time."

Meanwhile, BMW's all-makes leasing arm Alphabet has signed a new three-year agreement with Epyx for a suite of its e-commerce platforms.

Under the agreement Alphabet will continue using 1link Service Network, 1link Disposal Network and 1link Vehicle Relicensing.

Matt Sutherland, chief operating officer at Alphabet, said: "The 1link platforms are well-established across our business and play a key role in helping us to achieve high degrees of control across important areas of fleet management, notably service and maintenance but also disposal and relicensing."