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Highland Council attributes cost and emissions savings to Enterprise Car Club

Date: 30 October 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Highland Council says it reduced its business mileage by more than 825,000 miles, and made cost savings of more than £400,000, in the first 12 months since it adopted Enterprise Car Club vehicles.

A fleet of 60 car club vehicles have been deployed across 21 council offices, for use by employees who previously would have claimed grey fleet mileage, and as an alternative to daily rental.

The move has seen grey fleet mileage fall by nearly a quarter, while overall business mileage has dropped by 13%, and overall business travel costs have fallen by 15%.

The majority of the 60 vehicles are plug-in hybrids, and there are also five pure-electric Nissan Leafs on the fleet.

Enterprise has also installed car club technology, including the ability to book online or via a mobile app, in many of the council's own pool cars.

The council estimates it has made a 19% cut in CO2 emissions from staff travel, due to transferring grey fleet mileage to plug-in cars.

The council's environment, development and infrastructure committee chairman Councillor Allan Henderson said: "Enterprise has completely transformed our approach to business travel and given us control over all the previously unmanaged elements.

"We'll always have to deliver some services face-to-face, but this programme ensures that our business mileage is drastically reduced, saving a lot of taxpayer money.

"We worked closely with Enterprise to analyse where we needed vehicles and to roll out the programme across our offices and made sure employees were on board and understood the benefits."

Enterprise general manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland Diane Mulholland said: "Highland Council has developed a sophisticated programme that encourages employees to avoid journeys if they can, and to use the most cost-effective and sustainable option if the trip is unavoidable.

"It's also monitored and adjusted on a day-to-day basis to keep it as efficient as possible.

"The impact on air quality and congestion could be significant if all organisations reduced their road travel emissions by 19% and their business mileage by 13%, as Highland Council has managed to achieve."