A third of British businesses still believe a green fleet policy will cost money, according to a new report from the Energy Saving Trust.

The EST claims that instead of costing money to go green, an environmentally sensitive car policy typically saves £900 per car per year, with a potential industry saving of £2.6 billion.

Titled Behind the Wheel the report looks at business leaders’ views of company car fleets and their environmental impact.

“When it comes to company car fleets, the business case is the environmental case. Yet we frequently find that fleets are not being discussed at the right level in companies. Very few organisations discuss their company car fleet as a boardroom agenda item,” said Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust.

“Yet, the companies who have shown leadership at a high level are the ones who are implementing green fleet policies with tremendous success – in terms of carbon and monetary savings. As with any serious operational restructure, buy-in at the top is essential. Last year, we helped over 120 companies run a greener fleet through our free and impartial Green Fleet Review service which helps organisations improve the environmental performance of company fleets.”

The report claims that 48% of the 231 companies surveyed have a green policy, but of that 48% only 42% include company cars in the policy.

The full report is available to download at the Energy Saving Trust's website.